Sadly, the wall of communication in this town seems impossible to scale (thanks Kevin & Woodstocker for actually addressing my post). This is why any improvement to the governing of our town is little more than a pipe dream.
Too many Snuffsters, Chucksters, and Poos who only wish to degrade, vilify, and discount anyone who asks questions (regardless of the questions) simply because they declare all questioners the enemy.
The SCPs are not the least bit interested in true discussion or debate. Constructive dialogue is undesired. They simply can not conceive that someone may question and not be against the fundamental ideals or intentions.
As I said before, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT conscientious, judicious plans for assistance of our farmers and the preservation of open space. My only concern is that we MAY have passed a LAW in this town (without the ability for appropriate review) that is far too broad and can/might entitle far more recipients than anticipated.
Pursuant to the authority of the General Statues Section 12-91(c), the Town of Woodstock hereby provides an exemption from property tax for any building, to the extent of an assessed value of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) used, actually and exclusively in farming, as defined in General Statues Section 1-1. Such exemption shall not apply to any resident of such farmer and shall be subject to the application and qualification process provided in General Statues Section 12-91 (d), this ordinance to be effective with assessment years
Definition of “farming”:
(q) Except as otherwise specifically defined, the words “agriculture” and “farming” shall include cultivation of the soil, dairying, forestry, raising or harvesting any agricultural or horticultural commodity, including the raising, shearing, feeding, caring for, training and management of livestock, including horses, bees, poultry, fur-bearing animals and wildlife, and the raising or harvesting of oysters, clams, mussels, other molluscan shellfish or fish; the operation, management, conservation, improvement or maintenance of a farm and its buildings, tools and equipment, or salvaging timber or cleared land of brush or other debris left by a storm, as an incident to such farming operations; the production or harvesting of maple syrup or maple sugar, or any agricultural commodity, including lumber, as an incident to ordinary farming operations or the harvesting of mushrooms, the hatching of poultry, or the construction, operation or maintenance of ditches, canals, reservoirs or waterways used exclusively for farming purposes; handling, planting, drying, packing, packaging, processing, freezing, grading, storing or delivering to storage or to market, or to a carrier for transportation to market, or for direct sale any agricultural or horticultural commodity as an incident to ordinary farming operations, or, in the case of fruits and vegetables, as an incident to the preparation of such fruits or vegetables for market or for direct sale. The term “farm” includes farm buildings, and accessory buildings thereto, nurseries, orchards, ranges, greenhouses, hoophouses and other temporary structures or other structures used primarily for the raising and, as an incident to ordinary farming operations, the sale of agricultural or horticultural commodities. The term “aquaculture” means the farming of the waters of the state and tidal wetlands and the production of protein food, including fish, oysters, clams, mussels and other molluscan shellfish, on leased, franchised and public underwater farm lands. Nothing herein shall restrict the power of a local zoning authority under chapter 124.
Sec. 12-91(d) Qualification for exemption: Read the rest of this entry »