Some Farmers & Agriculture Land Owners Could Pay Less In Taxes

Some land owners are paying too much in property taxes, so now an effort is underway to make sure they know, so they can do something about it.

Jason Jones is a farmer and a former Craven County Commissioner. He says while he was on the board, Farmer Advocate Tyker Gonzales brought it to his attention that farmers and agriculture land owners are not aware of what's known as the "present use value" program. For some it would lower their property tax by 3/4ths.

To date, Gonzales and Jones have helped over a dozen land owners and farmers. They have also helped get an extension on the deadline for the 2011 tax year to February 28th.

To sign up or see if your property in Craven County qualifies you can contact the Craven County Farm Bureau at 252-637-6125.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    There are plenty of complaints about hand outs. That is the whole issue. Why are we not teaching poor people to farm more? Why do we not plant nut and fruit trees in the projects? Why do we feel that to be competitive with the rest of the world that we need to subsidize people or companies? We are the only nation in the world that consider people poor that are overweight, recieve free education, free food, free money, free phones, drive cars, have cable or dish network, pets, smoke, drink, gamble, free health care, and use drugs that make rich people poor.
  • by Farmer's Wife on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    Karmon, No one has assumed that you are on welfare. Read my comments again, I was agreeing with most of what you posted. Farm subsidies, no matter what kind, are always catching the flack. Someone said that a farmer received $3,000,000 over a ten year period, but did not specify if it was one farmer or divided by several. I can assure you most farmers in our rural Eastern NC could farm their entire life and not receive anything remotely close to this. Some complain about farm subsidies, but most counties in our area are paying out $3,000,000 or more in food stamps every month. Where's all the complaining about that. Also too, most farm families are two or more income families and would not be able to survive without it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    It is not the consumer's fault that products are no longer made in the USA. It is the fault of politicians. You know, the same ones that give subsidies. If we are going to have free trade then lets actually have free trade. Like it or not farmers big business and politicians are the ones hurting you not consumers. I actually do like local products but the reality is that they just are not around. It also bothers me that many of teh farmers that are recreational fisherman want to put commercial fisherman out of business. They do not realize the problems that farms have caused the ecology of N.C.
  • by karmon on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    well first of all I do not appreciate by assumption that I am on welfare. I work very hard as many people do. I am just curious as to how so many farmers seem to be able to live in nice homes, drive a new suv and pickup truck? I really don't care what they drive I was just curious? If farming is so bad how are they doing this? Goverment subsidies? I have heard that is the case. If the subsidies stop then what will happen to the farmer? Will many of them have a long hard fall? Oh, and for the record. . .I drive a new SUV and have a nice house so know I am not sitting around wondering where mine is. I was just curious?
  • by Farmer's Wife on Feb 23, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    Yes, John Boy, that's how it works sometimes. But what about the $18,000 combine repair that you could not fully pay for (making paymsnts) and you can't use it for a tax deduction. Or operating loan that ran over and had to be refinanced? What about the technology fee they charge you on seed? and the price of seed and fertilizer ever increasing but yet what you get paid from the crop barely going up it if does? I know if you farm, you work long hard days too, a new truck every once in a while doesn't make up for the government sticking it to you. You are the heartbeat of this country and you get short changed at every turn.
  • by Farmer's Wife on Feb 23, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    I agree with you and it gripes me-maybe more so than others, because I do pay attention to the labels. We are importing products that make it easy on our big business and government. Produce is still being processed and imported from other countries using chemicals that were outlawed in the US years ago, but they don't tell you that eating this product is potentially dangerous. It's fresh so it must be good. And clothes that are made in sweat shops where someone may get paid .35 a day. My husband gets .38 a pound for peanuts. After the cost of production, which by the way doesn't include his pay, is about .17 per pound, but yet they sell the comsumer a pound for $6.00. Yes, I do agree - two classes of welfare, and the one's of us that fall in the middle just keep working to try to keep our heads above water. It's defeating to know that most of the $ we work for goes to no good. Almost makes you want to quit and join the growing ranks of the ones with their hand stuck out.
  • by john boy Location: Tarboro on Feb 23, 2011 at 02:30 PM
    Yall people don't know nothing about what it takes to run a farm and keep it going. Wouldn't you rather keep a new truck and use it as a tax write off then pay it in taxes?
  • by The Rest Us Location: enc on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    Farmer's Wife: When you go in the produce section of your favorite grocery store take a look at the PLACE OF ORGIN LABEL at each fresh produce item and see where they're from.I can't imagine a vegetable canning company wouldn't be able to get theirs from the same places.The huge problem with all of this is that there is two classes of WELFARE (rich and poor) and only one class of taxpayers and not enough of them left to keep it going. I assure you it will change whether you are i want it to are not.
  • by Wife on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    Karmon - Drug Test? Really? I totally agree with you. It is the reality of our society today though. Why work when you can drive the SUV on someone else's dime? It's totally amazing the benefits that the majority receive in our area and do not lift a finger to work. At least our hard working farmers can take pride in the beat up truck or the new SUV that they may be driving, or whatever else they have accumulated because they earned it. Subsidies = free handout. I really don't think so!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Where is this Made in USA store? It used to be every single store in the USA.
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