By Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - An alliance of Yavapai County ranchers is appealing an Arizona Tax Court ruling that lowered the value of their grazing lands, arguing that the judge should have considered the value of federal and state grazing leases.

The Prescott Daily Courier reports ( ) that ranchers say most people in the cattle business have such leases, which have lower value.

Government statistics show that only 25 percent of Yavapai County land is private.

But the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office says it’s not appropriate to include public lands leases.

Assessor Pam Pearsall accused the ranchers of trying to get a “sweetheart deal.”

Plaintiff Verde Valley rancher Andy Groseta said he fears higher taxes might push ranchers out of business.

There are more than 80 plaintiffs in the case, covering some 430,000 acres.


Information from: The Daily Courier,

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