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Ontario car wash appeals tax case, says it was ‘strung along’ by county officials

John Braese, an assistant in the Malheur County Economic Development Department, repeatedly told an Ontario company its tax break was in the works when it wasn't eligible, according to a court complaint. (The Enterprise/File)

Owners of Ontario’s Bluebird Express Car Wash have appealed the denial of a property tax exemption, claiming in a court filing that they were “strung along” by Malheur County economic development officials for months on the promise the exemption was coming.

The appeal filed Nov. 6 with the Oregon Tax Court seeks . . .