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Halifax County supes approve farm land use taxation

SoVaNow.com / June 27, 2019
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors Tuesday enacted a new, much-discussed land use tax ordinance after hearing from local farm producers on the need for the program.

The new ordinance replaces ag-forestal districts — terminated earlier by supervisors — and replace that program with a new set of tax-favored zones that place minimum requirements for landowners to be considered “bona fide farmers and horticulturalists.” These basic requirements include farming for at least five years and turning at least a $1,000 profit from farming.

The stated goal of the new ordinance was to narrow the loopholes for landowners to claim they are farmers without actually being farmers.

Scott Crowder, president of Halifax Farm Bureau, appeared before the Board to make a plea for adoption of the new ordinance. He voiced the pain of Halifax farmers.

“This is probably the biggest downturn since the ‘70s, and with the tariffs there’s just a lot of product on the market with nowhere to go until we get this tariff stuff worked out.

“Farmers most of the time are sitting here, we buy our stuff at retail, sell it at wholesale, and pay shipping both ways,” Crowder said.

He asked supervisors to move quickly with support for land use taxation, noting, “the Code of Virginia says that in order for a locality to have land-use taxation it has to be enacted the prior year by June 30. So gentlemen, this is the eleventh hour.”

With board passage of the new ordinance, farmers will need to register with the commissioner of revenue to have their land classified as agriculture and horticulture use.

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