State Rep. Mike LeMieur and other Republicans held a news conference today at the State Capitol about their plans to change Minnesota’s Green Acres program. Rural Republicans want to roll back farmland tax changes enacted in 2008, following their pledges last year on the campaign trail.
The Green Acres program, formally called the Minnesota Agricultural Property Tax Law, has been in place since 1967 with the purpose of serving as a farmland preservation program. It is meant to keep farmers on their land by protecting them from rising property taxes due to nearby development. According to Rep. LeMieur’s office, the changes made in 2008 created two separate land categories, “productive” and “non-productive,” that are taxed at different rates despite being the same parcel of land with the same owner.