Farmers brace for higher tax bills

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Farmers brace for higher tax bills

Assessed value of county agricultural lands skyrockets

Farmers brace for higher tax bills

Sandy Young, a rancher in the Animas Valley, makes the summer’s first cutting of hay Wednesday. Young said she may have to lessen hay production and raise more animals because of recent sharp increase in property assessments on agricultural lands.
Sandy Young’s dog sits in the shade recently on her ranch in the Animas Valley.
Sandy Young, a rancher in the Animas Valley, makes the first cutting of hay of the summer on Wednesday.
Ed Zink looks over wetlands on his family farm north of Durango in the Animas Valley. Zink said he’s OK with increased property values, but thinks the balance between residential and agricultural assessments is unfair.
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