Penn. Co commission reverts agriculture tax acreage
Relief rests with many landowners in Pennington County after a 3-2 vote by the county commissioners scales the agriculture tax classification acreage from 160 acres back to the original 40.
Pennington County commissioner Don Holloway cast the deciding vote on rolling back the limit to 40 acres. In May, the board approved an increase in that acreage limit to 160 acres.
By scaling back to the original amount, many piece of land in Pennington County now avoid a sharp financial crisis.
Jeff Barnes is with the South Dakota Taxpayer Coalition.
"What it's done effectively is it's saved hundreds of family's property, where there would have been several hundred families taxed off their property, while the decisions, while these changes are being made," Barnes said.
A packed house waited and rallied behind supports that promised if the acreage limit wasn't handled Tuesday during the meeting, they'd be back sooner than later.
"You did get our attention," said Brenda Whiting, addressing the commissioners on behalf of the Agricultural Taxation Committee. "You did. We aren't going to back down and we aren't going to give up. And we are going to go forth to the legislator. And if we don't get it all done this year, we'll be back next year."
But a 3-2 decision scaled the limit back to the original 40 acres. The change, however, is far from putting this issue to bed.
"Ultimately what we want to do is get legislative change at the state level that puts again these laws in place that make a lot more sense," Barnes said.
They also want to lobby for other communities across the state of South Dakota. The Agricultural Taxation Committee will meet with state legislators tomorrow to see what exactly can get done in Pierre.
That meeting will be held at 9am at the Walt Taylor Building on the Central States Fairgrounds.