Landowners continue to fight tax changes to ag property - KOTA Territory News

Landowners continue to fight tax changes to ag property

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Things got a little bit heated Tuesday morning at the Pennington County Commissioners meeting.

Landowners said they were still upset about the board's decision to require 160 acres of land (instead of 40) to qualify for an agricultural classification.

Many people voiced concern, both at the mic and from the crowd. 

Dan Huebner, owner of 40 acres, was concerned that young people won't be able to afford to buy land. "Maybe they can scrape up 40 acres, but 160? You're not going to get many young people that can do that, so think about your decision and how it affects the young people," said Huebner.

Another landowner, Patsy Hinson, wanted the board to grandfather in existing landowners. "It's like there's a stop sign somewhere that wasn't there before and you're going back and arresting people – it's not a good analogy – but never stopped at that stop sign," said Hinson. "I just don't understand why you don't make it a playing field level."

The change is already in effect, but commissioners will consider re–opening the decision at the next meeting on July 2.

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