Ore. beekeeper argues for farm tax break

Taken on July 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m at Beaverton Wetlands Park
FILE (KOIN 6 News, courtesy Report It)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A Jackson County beekeeper contends that his honeybees are livestock, so the land where they forage for nectar and pollen should qualify for a lower, agricultural property tax.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports the dispute was heard Tuesday in a state tax court.

John Jacob keeps bees on an acre of land on a couple’s property outside Rogue River.

Jacob contends the land is one of the best around for his bees because of the variety of wildflowers, clover and blackberries and the wooded area nearby.

The county has disqualified land around the hives from the lower tax rate, arguing the land is idle, and the bees forage widely.

The dispute involves 19 acres, and the difference in the tax bill for the couple is about $1,000 a year.

— Information in the above story is from Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/.

Question: What’s your take? Should agricultural tax breaks apply to those who keep bees?

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