Arkansas lawmakers grilled state officials on Wednesday about how and why many poultry farmers’ property taxes are doubling. The Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department last year adjusted its recommended rates for the assessments of typical chicken houses from $4.50 per square foot to $9 per square foot. But there has been confusion among county assessors as to whether those recommendations are mandatory, and farmers are concerned about the impact on their already-thin profit margins. State lawmakers meanwhile are frustrated that the General Assembly wasn’t involved in the decision to increase suggested rates, which hadn’t been adjusted since 1995. “This time it seems like it was completely random; it was chicken houses,” said Rep. Jimmy Gazaway, R-Paragould, chairman of the Joint Performance Review committee. “Next time, what if it’s manufacturing inputs or farm equipment, whatever it may be. It was chicken houses this time. It’s poultry producers who were affected, but if there’s not a clear procedure in the law that you guys are following in regard to how you do this, anybody is open at any point to have their taxes increased without representation.” The Joint Performance Review Committee heard from assessors, farmers and Assessment Coordination Department officials during a Wednesday… Read full this story
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan: Ruling Class Hero
- Waste that will make you weep: Luxury travel, lavish bonuses, and fine dining... while you watch every penny, major probe reveals public sector squanders £5.6bn of your cash
- 'It's possibly the best value food you can get': Matt Hancock says he can 'absolutely justify' spending £50,000 on hipster Filipino takeaways for his staff during pandemic as they 'worked 18 hour days to keep people safe'
Session held on chicken-house taxes have 285 words, post on www.arkansasonline.com at September 12, 2019. This is cached page on Business Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.