Loopholes help senator's tax rates

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: January 9, 2013
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Regarding “State senator's land raises tax concern” (News, Dec. 30): Like many good ideas that can be easily abused, the Rockland Eagle Sanctuary of state Sen. Larry Boggs, R-Red Oak, seems to be just that. If you have enough influence you can get your special project to qualify with all the legal loopholes — especially the “modest 12,000-square-foot home” used for a profitable bed-and-breakfast. Boggs' claim that he lives in one of several homes on the Abbott Ranch should also raise a red flag.

Property taxes aren't reassessed if the property is held by the same family for years, but it seems these “homes” have been added to the farm and that does allow for reassessment. We built a 30- by 50-foot metal building on 80 acres with total taxes of $200. This building is used for storage, has no water and no one could live in it, yet our taxes were reassessed to nearly $700.

Boggs' ranch of 700 acres and several homes pays only $990 in taxes! What about the livestock on the ranch? Surely there must be some. I hope they're paying taxes on those. Amazing what you can get away with if you're in politics.

Catherine Foshee, Purcell



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