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Madison Co., AT&T settle franchise fee dispute

CANTON — Madison County has settled their dispute with AT&T.

The Clarion-Ledger reports AT&T wrote a check to Madison County to cover back franchise fees totaling about $85,000.

County comptroller Shelton Vance says the franchise fees were part of an agreement between AT&T and the county of Madison, reimbursing the county for the use of county roads to provide U-verse service to residents.

During the June 22 supervisors’ meeting, Vance told the board AT&T had inadvertently sent the franchise fee checks to the city of Madison, instead of Madison County.

Shelton said he felt AT&T was taking longer than necessary to reimburse the county.

Three days later, AT&T wrote the county a check and sent Madison Clerk Ronnie Lott a letter, blaming the situation on “a clerical oversight.”

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