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San Joaquin County supervisors will decide if farmers pay 10 percent more taxes

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Bruce Blodgett, San Joaquin County Farm Bureau’s executive director

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 9:19 am, Fri Nov 19, 2010.

Thanks to a state program, farmers enrolled in the Williamson Act may end up paying 10 percent more in property tax. The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will decide, probably on Dec. 7, whether to participate in the state program that changes the Williamson Act.

Supervisors will discuss the issue at Tuesday's meeting. They may end up choosing to not participate in the program, according to county staff analyst Phonxay Keokham.

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3 comments:

  • Ken Rowe posted at 2:06 pm on Fri, Nov 19, 2010.

    Ken Rowe Posts: 1

    Actually this isn't a 10% tax. Williamson Act property owners would only get 90% of the benefit they nomally would get under contract. This all came about because some of the southern counties were considering getting rid of the Williamson Act and it was thought that 90% of the benefit was better that 0%.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:38 am on Fri, Nov 19, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    That "food" seems to be dwindling into winegrapes. Tax those who choose to continue to flood the SJ valley with their cheap winegrapes 25% and a "pumping tax" of another 25% and subsidize those who continue to grow life sustaining crops that have been the backbone of agriculture in the central valley forever. Don't forget, old timers, many of you swore that when cotton was gone agriculture would shrivel?

     
  • Derek Waggoner posted at 4:26 am on Fri, Nov 19, 2010.

    Derek Waggoner Posts: 4

    Here we go again. Though I am not a farmer, I am against urbanization and loss of farmland. Gee, where is our food going to come from? In any event, once again it should not read "County Supes decide if farmers should pay 10% more taxes" (which would be added to our food cost anyway), it should be County Supes need to cut 10% more in spending. Faithfully written from an employee of the great State of California.

     
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