HELENA, Mont. -

State officials say they will give back more than $11 million to Verizon Wireless as part of the settlement of two disputes with the Department of Revenue.
    
From 2009 to 2013, the department assessed Verizon nearly $47 million in property taxes. Verizon disputed the appraisal methods and paid only $32.8 million in protest. The state will refund Verizon just over $10.5 million to settle the dispute.
    
A second disagreement involved the amount of property taxes assessed in 2010 for Alltel Wireless. Verizon was responsible for those taxes and will receive a refund of $748,315 in that settlement.
    
Revenue Director Mike Kadas said the resolution saves the department litigation expenses and frees up the revenue to the state and counties in which Verizon owned property during those tax years.