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Pennington Co. Commissioners vote; ag land classification stays the same


Pennington County Commissioners will not yet change the criteria for classifying agriculture land.

At Tuesday morning's regular commission meeting, it was standing room only. Attendees, including landowners and state representatives expressed their continued disapproval of a rule change that increases the number of acres required to qualify for the farmland tax rate.

The change, from 40 acres to 160 acres, was adopted in order to crackdown on tax cheats.
It will also raise an additional 1.6 million dollars in revenue for Pennington County. But affected landowners say it places an unfair burden on them.
"What they are doing is unfair. I have a neighbor, elderly couple who owns ag land, and I help them with their cows and so on. Her husband had a stroke, he is in a home. She's by herself
on a fixed income. She is going to lose her place, she can't afford it," said Landowner Don Huebner.

In a 3-2 vote commissioners decided against returning to the 40 acre standard. But they decided to form a committee to further discuss the issue.

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