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IPA TAX HEARING DELAYED

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A State Tax Commission hearing on the Intermountain Power Agency's protest of a portion of a $26 million tax assessment has been postponed, officials say.

The IPA requested the postponement of the Tuesday, Dec. 19, hearing because its attorney, Mark Buchi, has been hospitalized with a back injury, Millard County Administrator Robyn Pearson said Sunday.The IPA, which operates the Intermountain Power Project north of Delta, paid $26 million in property taxes for 1989 but protested 44 percent of the total. The funds under dispute are being held in an escrow account until the dispute is resolved.

The taxes paid by IPA represent 85 percent of Millard County's entire tax revenues.

The protest is made complex because of the size of the power plant and the number of taxing jurisdictions involved. The 1,600-megawatt plant serves 26 Utah municipalities and six Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, and has facilities in 14 Utah counties, Nevada and California.