$3M. Sands Ruling Favors A.C. Coffers - Thursday 18th of May 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "When a state Tax Court judge ruled last week that the resort owes Sands Casino Hotel about $3.29 million for excess taxes charged over four years in the late 1990s, the city avoided owing most of the $15 million in claims that were under appeal.

"In his landmark 84-page decision, Judge Vito L. Bianco upheld the city's original 1996 assessment and laid out for the first time how to properly assess a New Jersey casino.

"If the court had sided with Sands and ruled the city had overassessed the casino, it could have set a precedent that may have forced the resort to turn to residents and businesses to make up the balance, potentially leading to tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes. The casino industry accounts for about 80 percent of the resort's property taxes.

"...Bianco's ruling may save the city millions in future legal fees associated with the now-numerous tax appeals by providing guidelines for the city and the casinos to resolve tax disputes without going to court..."

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