Revenue Committee: Keep Ag Land Designation As Is

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee held meetings last week in Buffalo.
The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee held meetings last week in Buffalo.

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee met in Buffalo Thursday and Friday to discuss a number of tax issues and decide whether new legislation should be drafted concerning those issues.
The most contentious issue seemed to be with the possibility of changing the designation of ag lands, their intended usage and their tax rates.
After dicussions, the committee chose not to change existing law on agricultural lands and the taxation thereof.
Johnson County Assessor Cindy Rogers is familiar with the proposal and explains what it it's all about.
The committee reviewed the current tax laws on the matter Thursday and adjourned for a tour of Sand Creek Ranch north of Buffalo, to see first-hand how the ranch is operating and how property owners within the ranch preservation community fit into the equation.
The discussion on the matter resumed Friday morning with a presentation by John Jenkins, owner of Sand Creek Ranch Preservation, LLC.
He gave his view on the taxation issue and fielded questions from the committee.
A number of speakers gave their opinions on the issue, including assessors from Converse, Laramie and Johnson Counties and Dan Neal, with the Equality State Policy Center. They all agreed existing law is working to tax property owners fairly, in their opinion, and urged the committee not draft a bill to change the definition of agricultural lands.
Rogers said she feels the current laws are working and explains why.

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