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Legislature rejects farmland tax increase, decrease

A recommendation by the State Tax Commission that taxes increase on Missouri’s most productive farmland and decrease on its least productive ground has been rejected by the state legislature.

The Tax Commission recommended a 30% tax hike for the best farmland in the state, mainly cropland in the fertile areas of northern and southeastern Missouri. Though the commission also recommended a 24% tax break for the least productive ground, mostly put into pasture, it was the increase that grabbed the attention of lawmakers and sparked a firestorm at the Capitol.

The House picked up and passed the Senate resolution, SCR 35 & 32, which overturned the commission recommendation. The House voted 143-to-11 to reject the Tax Commission recommendation. The Senate approved the resolution on a 30-to-3 vote earlier. The resolution doesn’t have to go to the governor. Farmland tax rates will remain as is.

The State Tax Commission based its recommendations on studies completed by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. FAPRI, operated by the University of Missouri and Iowa State University, is well respected among legislators. Its recommendations carry much weight at the Capitol in Jefferson City.

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