Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
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For Immediate Release: July 20, 2016
(Harrisburg) – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) supported legislation that provides improvements to Pennsylvania’s Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act, which is commonly referred to as Clean and Green, should provide tax relief for some farmers across the Commonwealth.
House Bill 806, which received strong support from members of the General Assembly and was signed into law today by Governor Wolf, provides changes in the valuation of properties enrolled in Clean and Green. Specifically, the new law prohibits land enrolled in Clean and Green from receiving a higher tax assessment value than what the land’s normal assessment value would be under the county’s fair market value. The law also prohibits a county from making yearly increases in Clean and Green values in any year that the county has not done a countywide reassessment of all properties.
“The legislation was needed to correct real life problems. In several counties across the state, landowners in Clean and Green have been assessed a higher tax value than what would be assessed if the property was not enrolled in the program,” said PFB President Rick Ebert. “The change will also eliminate the substantial annual increase in property taxes that has occurred on Clean and Green properties whose counties adjusted values each year.”
In addition, the law includes a technical change requiring portions of land that support a public road or similar system to be counted in determining whether a property meets the minimum acreage needed for eligibility in Clean and Green.
Clean and Green Act is a voluntary program designed to provide a reduced property tax rate for properties used in production agriculture, forestry or dedicated for open space.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with a volunteer membership of nearly 62,000 farm and rural families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.