By Ethan Colbert
Citing their belief that the company’s property has been unfairly valuated, a senior tax specialist for Ameren Missouri has written to Pike County elected officials, in a letter received last week, that the utility company plans to appeal its 2018 property tax assessments.
This will be the sixth consecutive year that the utility company has appealed its property tax assessments.
As was previously reported by the Times, since 2013 the utility company has appealed its valuations on both its personal property and real estate holdings in Pike County and 15 other counties throughout the state.
According to Pike County Assessor Donna Prior, the appeal stems from a form issued by the state tax commission that assessors were instructed that they could use to determine depreciation, or loss of value, for both personal property and real estate.
That form, which was only issued in 2013, is now at the center of a multi-million dollar tax debate spanning 15 counties throughout the state and has led to an appearance before the State Supreme Court, the District Court of Appeals, and the State Tax Commission.
More recently, lawyers for the 15 counties and utility company have met for mediation to try and resolve the issues involved in the appeal. Yet, those discussions proved fruitless as neither side was able to find common ground.
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