Currently tree farms growing trees for lumbar products are taxed at a higher rate than essentially all other types of farms. Such tree farms do not qualify for the homesteading rate so property taxes rates are higher. This is grossly unfair. In addition, it leads to cutting down trees and putting all land, even marginal land, into crops such as soy beans and corn. This results in loss forest land many appreciate and value, and increases erosion risks, but does qualify for lower property taxes. A fair society that strives for fairness and equality should treat all legitimate farming activities the same. Gene Hunder
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