Farmers push for property tax relief

Farm Bureau wants to see land assessments capped at 2 percent

— “Taxes are too damn high, period,” Grippin said. “Until they figure that out it is going to be tough for any farmer to keep on moving.”

Grippin grew up on a farm and started producing maple syrup around six years ago.

“Everything out there costs money and you got to build the infrastructure for any business until you get to the point where you can actually do anything,” he said.

Grippin said capping assessments at 2 percent increases “may help,” but he wondered if the state would look at other means to raise taxes if assessments were capped.

“It comes down to New York state just taxing us on everything,” he said.

Alexander Gordon, owner of Gordon Farms, Inc., in Knox, said capping assessments is an “important piece to close,” with the value of his land increasing at more than 2 percent annually.

“There is no firewall for the farmer,” Gordon said.

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