- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A judge has rejected most of a property tax assessment increase that Yavapai County ordered for 672 square miles acres of grazing land used by cattle ranchers.

State Tax Court Judge Dean Fink’s ruling Tuesday said Assessor Pamela Pearsall abused her discretion by not having conducting a study to justify increasing the per-acre cash rental value to $25 per acre from $7.56 per acre.

However, Fink also rejected the $3.54 rate sought by the ranchers and set the land’s value at $9.19 per acre for 2012 and $10.10 for 2013.

The ranchers called the ruling a win for their side but that Pearsall called it “compromise decision” that still increases the ranchers’ taxes.

The Daily Courier (https://bit.ly/1wvPfD9 ) reported the Fink ruled after holding a trial in March.

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