Fresno County Supervisors reject farm tax

September 28, 2011 12:46:31 AM PDT
About seven-thousand parcels of Fresno County farmland are covered by the Williamson Act. That means the farmers who own the land get a tax break of from 20% to 70% in exchange for keeping their land in production, rather than developing it. But that tax break costs Fresno County about $23 million a year in lost property tax revenue. The state used to reimburse the county for about a quarter of the loss, but state budget cuts ended the reimbursement program.