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E-M:/ farm tax legislation
The recent edition of Dairy Farm Midwest has an article
"Michigan Ag Relief Legislation could save Farmers Millions".
Anne Wiowode said Sierra club is supportive but would like to see the language
to make sure farmers are given a tax break, but ensure that there is something
in the law that ensures the land will be kept for ag usage.
How much information has the Sierra Club received regarding
this piece of legislation. At our last township meeting our SEMCOG
representative said that SEMCOG was concerned that the legislation being drafted
has been done primarily by developers. MTA,MML and farm groups have not been
involved with this land use legislation.
Yet the article in this paper suggests that "a powerful
group of farm advocates,lawmakers. and environmentalist determined to help the
state's floundering farmers have forged a coalition to try and save them
millions of dollars in property taxes.....
This sounds successful but contradicts what I perceived from
our SEMCOG rep. as being a flimsy package of land use legislation that would
sound good but deliver little substantial benefits. Just Engler talk,
nothing with bite.
Am I wrong, please tell me yes!