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E-M:/ RE: / farm tax legislation

Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Irwin <lcvefmi@worldnet.att.net>


The worry at SEMCOG, holding back support from their staff and advocates, 
is that a tax break for agricultural land will simply be a tax shelter for 
land speculators.  Without assurances build into this tax scheme there will 
be no accountability to assure that local units will not be losing tax 
revenue while speculators keep rural land in holding patterns.

Hopefully, environmentalists, SEMCOG, the MTA and others will succeed in 
molding this significant legislation into something that will ensure that 
agricultural tax breaks are preserved for agricultural uses.  One idea that 
SEMCOG is floating around is that when ag land is converted from this new 
tax shelter and into development, the property tax breaks will have to be 
paid back to the local units forfeiting them under this plan.  Notice the 
typical tactics of the current administration:  win favor by offering local 
unit revenue as a tax break from Lansing, borrow from the future 
generations for today's expenditures, shove more responsibility for 
enforcement and implementation to the local units . . . .

Jeff Irwin
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
208 1/2 S. Fourth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 327-7154
FAX:  (734) 327-7668

-----Original Message-----
From:	Jennie Breuninger [SMTP:breuninger@fbwebmaster.com]
Sent:	Saturday, April 29, 2000 8:32 PM
To:	enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject:	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!
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