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Assumption dome companies must pay disputed taxes

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NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) - Seven companies operating on the Napoleonville Dome in Assumption Parish salt complex must pay a combined $15.6 million in property taxes and penalties under protest by this coming week while they fight tax bills in court.
    
A state District Court judge's ruling is an early skirmish in a bigger legal fight over whether unreported salt dome caverns in Assumption Parish should be assessed as land or commercial improvements.
    
The ruling also blocks a bid by the companies to delay upfront payment of the tax bills for nearly 10 months.
    
At stake is how much tax the companies will pay annually to the Assumption Parish Police Jury and other government entities.

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