As Minnesota rural school districts upgrade facilities, the tax burden fell disproportionately on farmland. Clay County Farm Bureau President Mark Harless says the Ag2School effort has helped spread the tax consideration throughout the districts. “It’s been a little bit more fair to the ag taxpayer,” said Harless. “The ultimate goal would be if we paid the same property taxes as most people in town which would be on the house, garage and one acre, but we’re not there yet. In 2021, we get about a 55 percent property tax credit on ag land and that’s going to ramp up to about 70 percent in 2023.” Harless says other tax inequities will be brought up in the 2022 legislative session. Minnesota Farm Bureau co-sponsored RRFN’s coverage from the Big Iron Farm Show.
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