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SUPERIOR COURT AFFIRMS ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD RULING; ORANGE COUNTY ASSESSOR BRAD JACOBS LOSES CABLE TV ASSESSMENT BATTLE FOR SECOND TIME

SUPERIOR COURT AFFIRMS ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD RULING; ORANGE COUNTY ASSESSOR BRAD JACOBS LOSES CABLE TV ASSESSMENT BATTLE FOR SECOND TIME
 SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In a decision upholding the position of the cable television companies operating in Orange County, Superior Court Judge Jonathon Cannon, ruling from the bench on Nov. 21, 1991, affirmed the action taken by the Assessment Appeals Board on July 26, 1990, which unanimously rejected the assessor's method of taxation of Orange County's cable companies.
 On July 26, 1990, Assessment Appeals Board No. 1 unanimously rejected the assessor's use of a unitary method of assessment of Orange County's cable television companies in an appeal by American Television and Communications Corp. (ATC) which provides cable service in the City of Orange.
 The cable television operators claimed that the assessor attempted to create a new method of assessment which was not authorized by state law and was totally unprecedented in Orange County.
 Speaking for the Orange County cable operators, John Gibbs, vice president and legal counsel of Continental Cablevision stated, "We are extremely gratified with Judge Cannon's decision affirming our position. We can only now hope that the assessor hears the judge's decision loud and clear and takes immediate action to reverse his other incorrect assessments of Orange County's cable companies, all of which are currently being appealed."
 Gibbs continued, "Orange County's taxpayers and cable television subscribers have had to bear the burden of the assessor's experimental assessments and have had to continue paying this tax while the assessor appealed the Assessment Appeals Board's decision. In these tight financial times, taxpayer's money is better spent than in pursuing additional battles over an issue which has been twice decided in our favor.
 "We now call on the county assessor to immediately reverse his now discredited assessment policies on all of Orange County's cable television operators," concluded Gibbs.
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