Justices Hear Incline Village Assessment Case

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Nevada Supreme Court justices had some hard questions for state taxation lawyers trying to scrap a lower court decision that rolled back property tax values at the upscale Lake Tahoe community of Incline Village.

It was a standing room-only crowd of mostly Incline property owners that showed up for the high court hearing on an appeal of a ruling by
Carson City District Judge Bill Maddox that set taxable values at 2002-2003 levels.

The hearing opened with Justice Mark Gibbons asking whether it's proper for the state Board of Equalization to allow one tax-valuation structure for Washoe County, which encompasses Incline, and another for Douglas County, which takes in part of the south shore of the lake.

Justice Jim Hardesty jumped in with repeated questions about the methods employed at Incline by Washoe assessors.