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Agriculture-Use rulings were proper
March 13, 2012
Lakeland Ledger

The Polk County Value Adjustment Board on Feb. 17 ratified its special magistrates' findings that developers who were using their unsold land for a commercial agricultural use were entitled to an agricultural classification.

The rulings by the magistrate were consistent with the property appraiser's continuing assertions that the actual physical use of land on Jan. 1 of the tax year for an agricultural use is determinative of the issue. Whether a person plats property, places roads and utilities in it, or places a for-sale sign on it is not the determinative factor for the granting or denying an ag classification.

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