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Do rural electric cooperatives pay taxes?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2017

Contact: Kaaren Robbins, Communication/Member Services, 406-446-2310, krobbins@beartoothelectric.com.

 

Do rural electric cooperatives pay taxes?

 

Yes, rural electric cooperatives pay taxes the same as other businesses. Beartooth Electric Cooperative (BEC) pays property tax, sales tax (in Wyoming), unemployment tax (both state and federal) and payroll tax (federal). The only tax cooperatives do not pay is income tax. Cooperatives are not-for-profit businesses--there is no profit, so no income tax is paid.

 

As a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative, BEC pays property tax on poles, lines, substations and other distribution facilities the cooperative owns. Beartooth Electric Cooperative has a total of 1,814 miles of distribution power lines in the counties it serves.

 

Text Box: Do you have abandoned BEC services on your property?
If there are poles, wires or transformers on your property that are no longer in use, please give the BEC office a call to let us know. Taxes are paid on all property-whether in use or not. Let us save you tax dollars and increase member capital credits by removing unused services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The four counties served by Beartooth Electric Cooperative in 2017 received a total of $270,973 in property taxes alone. Carbon County has the largest distribution of BEC property; it received the largest share— $141,470 from the cooperative.  Other counties receiving BEC tax money are Stillwater County—$100,756; Sweetgrass County— $9,567; and Park County, Wyoming —$19,182.

 

County governments use the tax dollars largely to fund local school districts, county social service programs and area fire and ambulance districts.

 

 

 

BEARTOOTH ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.

 

 

FACILITIES, POLES, WIRE, STRUCTURES, TRANSFORMERS

 

 

2017 PROPERTY TAX BY STATE, BY COUNTY

 

 

         

 

 

MONTANA-CARBON COUNTY

 

MONTANA-STILLWATER COUNTY

 

 

BELFRY

 $      4,480.82

 

ABSAROKEE

 $                 17,290.36

 

 

BRIDGER

 $      8,316.88

 

COLUMBUS/ABSAROKEE

 $                       833.11

 

 

EDGAR

 $      5,646.03

 

COLUMBUS/ABSAROKEE

 $                    6,340.04

 

 

FROMBERG

 $      4,120.12

 

COLUMBUS/ABSAROKEE

 $                 37,878.42

 

 

JACKSON

 $      2,588.10

 

FISHTAIL

 $                    6,828.41

 

 

JOLIET

 $      6,200.96

 

MOLT

 $                    2,235.54

 

 

JOLIET

 $      5,990.60

 

NYE

 $                    7,231.03

 

 

LUTHER

 $    10,094.21

 

RAPELJE

 $                 12,061.67

 

 

RED LODGE

 $    43,922.56

 

REED POINT

 $                 10,057.03

 

 

RED LODGE

 $    24,084.60

 

STILLWATER COUNTY TOTAL TAX

 $               100,755.61

 

 

ROBERTS

 $    20,132.56

     

 

 

ROCKVALE

 $            77.77

 

WYOMING-PARK COUNTY

 

 

ROSCOE/ABSAROKEE

 $      5,814.57

 

 

 $                 19,028.49

 

 

CARBON COUNTY TOTAL TAX

 $  141,469.78

 

 

 $                       153.06

 

 

     

 

 $                 19,181.55

 

 

MONTANA-SWEETGRASS COUNTY

     

 

 

1

 $      5,011.16

     

 

 

2

 $          395.62

 

 

 

 

3

 $      4,160.25

 

TOTAL 2017 PROPERTY TAX

 $               270,973.97

 

 

SWEETGRASS COUNTY TOTAL TAX

 $      9,567.03

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Beartooth Electric Cooperative?

Beartooth Electric Cooperative (BEC) is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Red Lodge, Mont., with a warehouse facility located in Columbus, Mont. The cooperative was organized in 1938, and its first substation was energized Absarokee, Mont. Today, BEC has more than 4,400 members and serves more than 6,100 meters over 1,814 miles of line.

 

More about Beartooth Electric Cooperative is available online at www.beartoothelectric.com.

 

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