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H5 Data Centers is suing Grant County, Washington due to an alleged $80 million overvaluation

They are suing Grant County over their 2018 tax assessments, with the claim that Grant County overhauled the company’s date center property by more than 80 million dollars.

In 2017, the county appraised the company’s Quincy data center at $116.7m, significantly more than the $36.1m H5 paidto acquire the property in July 2018.

The company argues that the purchase price of the data center is correct, not Grant County’s assessment.

H5 is asking for a $450,000 refund on the $1.3m property tax bill the company paid in 2018.

Despite disagreeing with the assessment at the time, the company paid the tax bill in protest. Doing so gives a tax-payer the opportunity to sue for a refund, rather than the typical method of filing an appeal with the County Board of Equalization instead of paying the bill.

Garvey Barer, H5’s Seattle-based attorney, wrote in a filing with the Douglas County Superior Court:

“The Grant County Assessor appraised the subject property on an erroneous basis, resulting in a taxable assessed value that exceeded the subject property’s market value on January 1, 2017.

"Grant County’s action in collecting taxes based upon the illegal, erroneous and excessive assessments violates the property tax provisions [of Washington state law], and the equal protection requirements of the Washington and United States constitutions.”