Holy cow! If you want less government, turn to Republican Gary Cammack and Democrats Craig Kennedy and Steven McCleerey. They are sponsoring Senate Bill 4 at the behest of the Agricultural Land Assessment Implementation and Oversight Advisory Task Force.
This bill strikes five statutes currently governing the classification of ag land, including the contentious percentage limits on annual increases and decreases. It also strikes the county director of equalization from the process of determining values for each soil type. SB 4 simply says ag land shall be divided into the eight classes defined by the USDA soil conservation service and orders SDSU to provide soil classification data to each county.
That’s a lot of language to strike; I can’t imagine the Legislature will leave things that simple.
Of course, if the Legislature really wanted simple, not to mention fair, they’d strike the whole ag tax system and say to farmers, “O.K., how much did you make last year? Great, send the county 3%.”