Give 'm a Break

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Sheep farmer Leo Tammi moved to Augusta County 24 years ago. Something seemed strange to him.

"Initially, I was surprised that not only did we have to pay sales tax on stuff we bought, but we gotta pay a tax on that stuff every year thereafter," recalls says Tammi.

For him, that yearly farm equipment tax adds up to about $600 a year. For other farmers, it's in the thousands. But they also pay taxes for services they DON"T all use - like water and sewer. So now some think Augusta County farmers should get a break - in the form of wiping away the farm equipment tax. That's the proposal by Augusta County Supervisor - and fellow farmer - Larry Howdyshell.

"Yeah, go Larry!" is Tammi's reaction.

The catch though, is that removing this revenue from the county means it will have to made up somewhere else. Still, for Tammi notes...

"I think what's important is that Augusta County is a very important farming area for the state. And, of course, we pride ourselves for that. And anything we can do to enhance agriculture in the area - like this proposal - I think is good for the county."

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