With the 2019 legislative session starting up in less than a month, landowners are doing their homework now, before the bills are drafted. The Northwest Landowners Association is helping out.
“I feel used because the tax is based on property valuations and they continually go –keep going up, and you actually have to sell the land in order to realize the valuation of that,” says Donny Malcomb, Retired Farmowner.
Farm income has been declining the past five years, yet property taxes have been on the rise.
“When the revenue is there, I don’t think it’s a big issue. But when the revenue is not there, they’re going through that now, this really starts to become a real problem. Because how do you get money from people who aren’t earning any money?”says State Senator Jim Dotzenrod, District 26.
Landowners on a fixed income are especially feeling the effects of the increase in property taxes.
“The state legislature should be considering, maybe, ways to at least cap that so that the retired individuals can at least maintain a level balance with their incomes and what they have to spend,” says Malcomb.
The Northwest Landowners Association works to educate landowners on what is going on and give them a voice in the legislature to make changes.
“It’s really a result of policy decisions that the legislature has made and that there are –we meet every two years, the policymakers need to hear from the public. That the public cares about this, the policies will change,” says Dotzenrod.
Senator Dotzenrod adds that, so far, landowners haven’t seemed angry about the property tax. just concerned. However, if the trend continues, he thinks it may become a much bigger issue.