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Wash. Resort Fights Collection Of Property Tax

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The owners of the Chehalis tribes Great
Wolf Lodge at Grand Mound, Wash., have gone to federal court to
prevent Thurston County from assessing the resort for property
taxes.
If the resort's owners are forced to pay property taxes, the
estimated bill for 2009 would be more than $760,000.
In August, the Washington Department of Revenue ruled the resort
was exempt from property taxes because it is partly owned by the
tribe.
But 49 percent of the improvements on the property are owned by
a nontribal corporation. That was the basis Thurston County
Assessor Patricia Costello used to assess the property.
Last week, a federal judge agreed to hear the case but declined
to stop the assessment while the lawsuit proceeds. That was
considered an early victory for Thurston County.
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