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424B3
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form 424B3 on 09/02/1999
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                     RIFKIN ACQUISITION PARTNERS, L.L.L.P.
 
                   NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
1.  GENERAL INFORMATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
     Rifkin Acquisition Partners, L.L.L.P. ("the Partnership") was formed
pursuant to the laws of the State of Colorado. The Partnership and its
subsidiaries are hereinafter referred to on a consolidated basis as the
"Company." The Company owns, operates, and develops cable television systems in
Georgia, Tennessee, and Illinois. Rifkin Acquisition Management, L.P., an
affiliate of Rifkin & Associates, Inc. (Note 7), is the general partner of the
Partnership ("General Partner").
 
     The Partnership operates under a limited liability limited partnership
agreement (the "Partnership Agreement") which establishes contribution
requirements, enumerates the rights and responsibilities of the partners and
advisory committee, provides for allocations of income, losses and
distributions, and defines certain items relating thereto. The Partnership
Agreement provides that net income or loss, certain defined capital events, and
cash distributions, all as defined in the Partnership Agreement, are generally
allocated 99% to the limited partners and 1% to the general partner.
 
BASIS OF PRESENTATION
 
     The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the following
entities:
 

<TABLE>
<S>                                     <C>
- Rifkin Acquisition Partners,          - Cable Equities of Colorado, Ltd.
  L.L.L.P.                                (CEC)
- Cable Equities of Colorado            - Cable Equities, Inc. (CEI)
  Management Corp. (CEM)                - Rifkin Acquisition Capital Corp.
                                          (RACC)
</TABLE>

 
     The financial statements for 1997 and 1996 also included the following
entities:
 

<TABLE>
<S>                                     <C>
- Rifkin/Tennessee, Ltd. (RTL)          - FNI Management Corp. (FNI)
</TABLE>

 
     Effective January 1, 1998, both the RTL and FNI entities were dissolved and
the assets were transferred to the Partnership.
 
     All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been
eliminated.
 
REVENUE AND PROGRAMMING
 
     Customer fees are recorded as revenue in the period the service is
provided. The cost to acquire the rights to the programming generally is
recorded when the product is initially available to be viewed by the customer.
 
ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION EXPENSES
 
     Advertising and promotion expenses are charged to income during the year in
which they are incurred and were not significant for the periods shown.
 
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
 
     Additions to property, plant and equipment are recorded at cost, which in
the case of assets constructed, includes amounts for material, labor, overhead
and interest, if applicable. Upon sale or retirement of an asset, the related
costs and accumulated
 
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