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Supreme Court overrules tax-challenge restrictions


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In a split decision, the state Supreme Court has ruled that taxpayers who want to challenge their tax assessments are entitled to enhanced court reviews of their challenges.

Friday's ruling overturns a 2008 state law that would have allowed municipalities to restrict the level of court challenges.

Taxpayers are allowed to challenge their assessments before a Board of Review. If they're still unsatisfied they can appeal to a circuit court.

The law would have allowed taxpayers two choices: to have the court to review the board's decision or have the court hear the entire case from scratch.

Some municipalities opposed the latter, saying it was costly and used by large businesses to intimidate cities with threat of litigation. Supporters say taxpayers deserve full rights to have their concerns heard.

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