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Posted on June 10, 2019 at 5:42 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/10/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Buffer Tax Relief:
In case you missed the information about buffer vegetative strips and tax credits, I have an update that I came across over the weekend. The tax relief for the buffer strips was not approved this last session, but representatives are hopeful for a new push with the next session of the Legislature.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz had proposed a $50-per-acre tax credit to farmers who were giving up land due to the buffer mandate. Representatives from the state also came up with an idea of buffer strip tax exemption. The difference between the two plans is around $7 million. The property tax credit would cost the state around $15 million, where the tax exemption would only cost $8 million. The loss of tax payments on the buffer lands would be paid out to the local tax jurisdictions by the state, which was part of the $8 million cost.
It seems like a “win-win”; landowners wouldn’t have to pay taxes on the buffer lands and counties would still get reimbursed for the lost taxes. Some Minnesota agricultural groups aren’t overly concerned with which plan passes, so as long as there will be a plan in place. Buffer land relief may have to wait until next year, but agricultural lands will be seeing relief from school bonding referendums in the form of tax credits that will increase over the next few years.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 3 – June 7:
We are seeing a fairly large amount of tile repairs coming in this time of year. The unfortunate thing is we are still trying to work through our repair list from last year, 2018. Please report issues you see on our public drainage systems, whether it’s a tile system or an open ditch system. The repairs are usually fixed in the order they are received, so please don’t wait to let us know about issues you observe on public drainage systems, as the list grows daily.
We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist