From a story in the November 3, 1960, issue of the East Washingtonian:
Telephone Co. Pays $3,923 Bill
Pacific Telephone-Northwest held on to its title of "The Largest Property Taxpayer in Washington State" Monday, Oct. 31, as it delivered a check for $1,961.65 to Garfield County Treasurer David Taylor Jr. The check covers the telephone company's last half 1960 account—a total of $3,923.31.
Telephone manager Gordon Davenport said the amount was only part of the company's 1960 real and personal property taxes in the state, amounting to more than four million dollars. This year's state-wide property taxes show an increase of almost $250,000 over 1959.
Pacific Telephone-Northwest pays real and personal property taxes in 38 Washington state counties—all but Island county. Monday's largest payment, $937,113.01, went to King county; the smallest, $343.96, to Pend Oreille county.
Property taxes are only one of the many on the company's operations in Washington, Davenport said. Last year (1959), the firm's total tax bill was more than $39,100,000.
The average Pacific Telephone-Northwest customer in Washington paid taxes of $61.75 as a part of his telephone bill during 1959.