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S.B. 97 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies a provision of the Farmland Assessment Act.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . allows land subject to a forest stewardship plan to be assessed on the basis of the
13 value that the land has for agricultural use if the land otherwise qualifies to be
14 assessed on that basis.
15 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 59-2-503, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 59-2-503 is amended to read:
25 59-2-503. Qualifications for agricultural use assessment.
26 (1) For general property tax purposes, land may be assessed on the basis of the value
27 that the land has for agricultural use if the land:
28 (a) is not less than five contiguous acres in area, except that land may be assessed on
29 the basis of the value that the land has for agricultural use:
30 (i) if:
31 (A) the land is devoted to agricultural use in conjunction with other eligible acreage;
33 (B) the land and the other eligible acreage described in Subsection (1)(a)(i)(A) have
34 identical legal ownership; or
35 (ii) as provided under Subsection (4); and
36 (b) except as provided in Subsection (5):
37 (i) is actively devoted to agricultural use; and
38 (ii) has been actively devoted to agricultural use for at least two successive years
39 immediately preceding the tax year for which the land is being assessed under this part.
40 (2) In determining whether land is actively devoted to agricultural use, production per
41 acre for a given county or area and a given type of land shall be determined by using the first
42 applicable of the following:
43 (a) production levels reported in the current publication of the Utah Agricultural
45 (b) current crop budgets developed and published by Utah State University; and
46 (c) other acceptable standards of agricultural production designated by the
47 commission by rule adopted in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
48 Rulemaking Act.
49 (3) Land may be assessed on the basis of the land's agricultural value if the land:
50 (a) is subject to the privilege tax imposed by Section 59-4-101 ;
51 (b) is owned by the state or any of the state's political subdivisions; and
52 (c) meets the requirements of Subsection (1).
53 (4) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a), the commission or a county board of
54 equalization may grant a waiver of the acreage limitation for land upon:
55 (a) appeal by the owner; and
56 (b) submission of proof that:
57 (i) 80% or more of the owner's, purchaser's, or lessee's income is derived from
58 agricultural products produced on the property in question; or
59 (ii) (A) the failure to meet the acreage requirement arose solely as a result of an
60 acquisition by a governmental entity by:
61 (I) eminent domain; or
62 (II) the threat or imminence of an eminent domain proceeding;
63 (B) the land is actively devoted to agricultural use; and
64 (C) no change occurs in the ownership of the land.
65 (5) (a) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(b), the commission or a county board of
66 equalization may grant a waiver of the requirement that the land is actively devoted to
67 agricultural use for the tax year for which the land is being assessed under this part upon:
68 (i) appeal by the owner; and
69 (ii) submission of proof that:
70 (A) the land was assessed on the basis of agricultural use for at least two years
71 immediately preceding that tax year; and
72 (B) the failure to meet the agricultural production requirements for that tax year was
73 due to no fault or act of the owner, purchaser, or lessee.
74 (b) As used in Subsection (5)(a), "fault" does not include:
75 (i) intentional planting of crops or trees which, because of the maturation period, do
76 not give the owner, purchaser, or lessee a reasonable opportunity to satisfy the production
77 levels required for land actively devoted to agricultural use; or
78 (ii) implementation of a bona fide range improvement program, crop rotation program,
79 or other similar accepted cultural practices which do not give the owner, purchaser, or lessee a
80 reasonable opportunity to satisfy the production levels required for land actively devoted to
81 agricultural use.
82 (6) Land that otherwise qualifies under Subsection (1) to be assessed on the basis of
83 the value that the land has for agricultural use does not lose that qualification by becoming
84 subject to a forest stewardship plan developed under Section 65A-8a-106 under which the land
85 is subject to a temporary period of limited use or nonuse.
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