Landowners pack a Pennington County Commission meeting to protest changes that would knock their properties out of the agricultural land classification and their tax bills into the statosphere, the Rapid City Journal reports.
Under state law, ag land pays a much lower tax rate than residential or commercial property. The county commission upped the number of acres to qualify as ag land from 40 to 160. Landowners must meet two of three criteria to get ag land status. The other two are, one, the land being used for ag purposes and, two, ag activities comprising a third of the owner's income.
See the state's property tax statutes. Read a report from a legislative committee that studied changing property tax on ag land to be based on income rather than sale price.
Read another Rapid City Journal article on this topic.