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Originally published: 2013-05-01 15:08:05
Last modified: 2013-05-01 15:08:03


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North Carolina Property Tax Commission voted to grant Grandfather Mountain an ad valorem (property tax) exemption earlier this month after a three-year struggle between Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation and Avery County Tax Office.
In 2010, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation requested an exemption based on N.C. General Statute designed to support nonprofit entities engaging in charitable, scientific or educational endeavors.
Avery County Tax Assessor Phillip Barrier said that his office denied the request and has continued to fight the appeal process all the way to the state level based on several arguments.

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