Five Railroads File Protest of State Ad Valorem Taxes

By Tipton, David | THE JOURNAL RECORD, December 17, 1986 | Go to article overview

Five Railroads File Protest of State Ad Valorem Taxes


Tipton, David, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Five railroad companies filed a complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court to restrain the Oklahoma Tax Commission from collecting the first-half taxes on $29.87 million in 1986 ad valorem taxes on properties the companies own in Oklahoma.

The complaint was filed by Burlington Northern Railroad Co., Union Pacific Railroad Co., Kansas City Southern Railway Co., Fort Smith and Van Buren Railway Co. and the Arkansas Western Railway Co. Fort Smith and Van Buren Railway and the Arkansas Western Railway are both a part of the Kansas City Southern rail system.

Each of the companies contends that the ad valorem taxes for 1986 which the Oklahoma Tax Commission claims must be paid are "excessive and unlawful under Secton 306 of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976."

According to the complaint, the assessed value for each of the railroad companies for 1986 were as follows:

- Burlington Northern - $15.8 million.

- Union Pacific - $9.4 million.

- Kansas City Southern, including the Arkansas Western and the Fort Smith and Van Buren - $4.67 million.

Based upon the state guidelines for figuring assessments, however, the railroads all claim their assessements this year were too high. …

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