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RES 1988-18 EXPERT WITNES SERVICES JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS P.O. BOX H BOULDER, MONTANA 59632 (406) 225.4251 RESOLUTION 18 -88 ESTABLISHING JOINT FUNDING OF EXPENSES FOR PURPOSES OF RETAINING EXPERT WITNESS SERVICES WHEREAS, the State of Montana, the Department of Revenue, and three Montana Counties have been named as Defendants in the lawsuit brought by Pacific Power and Light Company, et a1 over the issue of the application of provisions of state law for the assessment of beneficial use taxes; and WHEREAS, the Plaintiffs' action bears on the issue of the transmission of electrical power over the portion of the line from Townsend to Garrison substation, and may impact the remainder of the Bonneville Power Line to the Idaho border; and WHEREAS, this action directly and indirectly affects the Montana Counties of Broadwater, Jefferson, Granite, Powell, Missoula, Mineral and Sanders; and WHEREAS, the Department of Revenue, and their legal counsel, is defending the case; and WHEREAS, there is an identified need for an expert witness to attest to the "use" provisions associated with high voltage transmission line systems; and WHEREAS, the above mentioned counties, with the exception of Missoula, have determined that participation in the litigation is in the interest of the public in each of said counties; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that said counties, having agreed in a public meeting to bear the costs associated with contracting for an expert witness, do hereby agree to a pro - ratable assessment, based upon actual costs, upon each of the aforementioned six counties, not to exceed $1000.00 each. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Montana Association of Counties, will act as paying agent for the six counties, and will assess and collect from each equally an amount sufficient to meet the costs of the expert witness to be identified and retained through MACo and the Department of Revenue. Approved this / `�' day of 1988. ougla K. Schmitz, Chairm Jeffe son County Board Commissioners )I- - I - ) 4 M -r, J es B. McCauley, Commis oner ('Zw� a J Jana ro, Commissioner A to Form Content: Attest: CO NTY AT O E ' OPrI CE CLERK AND ECO R r 4.7 t� J