The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed a lower court decision, ruling that Comcast and other cable TV companies are subject to central assessment by the state. The decision would add millions of dollars in tax payments to county budgets, costing Comcast several million dollars a year. However, the Oregon Tax Court still has clarifications to make regarding how property tax limits established by Measure 50 apply to the case. Comcast said in a written statement, "There are both federal and state constitutional unresolved questions with the Department of Revenue's assessment of Comcast's property that have not yet been addressed. We look forward to the tax court's decision on the these other issues."
By Seth R Krchmar, Consultant, Atlanta