Green tax breaks in Crawford County causing consternation | Politics | Macon.com

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Sep

Green tax breaks in Crawford County causing consternation | Politics | Macon.com

[T]he Conservation Use Value Assessment program, created more than two decades ago. Property owners pledge to use the land for agricultural or forestry purposes for 10 years. The program is available for parcels from 10 to 2,000 acres, Kelly said.

Some 83,000 acres of Crawford County’s roughly 205,000 acres are in the program, and the county gets no state help to offset the lower tax base. In contrast, a newer program for properties larger than 2,000 acres known as the Forest Land Protection Act offsets the initial costs of the program, and then limits costs to no more than 3 percent of the tax base. The state pays half the costs up to 3 percent, then covers anything over that.

State Rep. Robert Dickey, whose family started Dickey Farms in Crawford County early in the 20th century, said he’s interested in talking with Kelly about possible changes to the Conservation Use Value Assessment program.

But while the conservation agreements limit how much tax money comes in, they also don’t require much government services, Dickey said.

Such conservation agreements block farmland from being turned into cheap housing that would have high demands for services and limited tax payments, he said.

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