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$1.3 million tax break a clerical mistake

Published On: Jan 31 2014 11:25:03 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 11:28:56 AM CST
Eugene, OR -

The top taxpayer in Lane County nearly got a big break on its property taxes.

County Assessor Mike Cowles told The Register-Guard newspaper that an employee entered an incorrect value for an account belonging to International Paper Co., which owns and operates a Springfield mill.

The clerical error reduced the total property tax owed by International Paper by $1.3 million.

It was International Paper that alerted Lane County about the error.

State law says the office can't bill International Paper for the tax owed until this year's tax statements go out in late October.

Public agencies counting on the money for their current budgets must wait.

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