Missoula property owners sue state over taxes

A group of Missoula property owners are suing the state over property valuations they claim are “unfair.”

The suit represents 12 property owners, all commercial property owners.

It claims the Department of Revenue hiked property values 84% over three years. The lawsuit goes on to argue that increase dramatically outpaced increases in the Consumer Price Index.

The plaintiffs point to specific valuation increases. For instance, one property owner said his land was appraised at $243,216 in 2016. But the next year, the DOR fixed the market value for the same land at $1,104,772, a “single-year increase of 454%”.

The Montana legislature decided in 2015 to have the DOR reassess property values every two years rather than every six.

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