Understanding Changes to Green Acres

Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 5:05 am

The Pine County Assessor’s Office began sending out letters to property owners this week, advising them of the changes made to the Green Acres program.

The Minnesota legislature made revisions to the Green Acres law in April of 2009, less than a year after the tax bill made several changes to the Minnesota Agriculture Property Tax Law.  Part of the revisions include the creation of the Rural Preserve Property Tax program.

Pine County Assessor Mike Sheehy explains:

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Property owners have the option of removing their land from Green Acres by May 1st, or keeping it in the program but by 2013, the non-productive portion must be removed from the program through a payback or owners can roll it into the Rural Preserve Property Tax program.

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Agricultural (class 2a) acres will remain eligible for Green Acres, but Rural Vacant Land (class 2b) acres will not be eligible for the reduced agricultural valuation and tax deferral provided by Green Acres.

Sheehy explains the difference between “productive” and “non-productive” land.

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Sheehy says the general response from those in Pine County is that they want out of Green Acres.  He does say, however, there are benefits to the program.

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Anyone with information regarding the changes to Green Acres can call the county assessor at 320-591-1632.

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