- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The city of Missoula has appealed the $88.6 million value placed on the city’s drinking water system.

The city filed the appeal Thursday, challenging the decision made by a panel of commissioners in November.

The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/1Pco0e2) that the document provided no further reasoning and city officials withheld comment until Friday.

Water commissioners had been provided benchmark values of $45 million and $142 million before settling on the $88.6 million figure for Mountain Water Co. Their decision followed a court fight with the Carlyle Group, the water system’s private owner.

Both parties are expected to appear in court Friday for a pretrial jury hearing. The trial is expected to last through Jan. 11.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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