Court Rules Lakeside Homeowner Is a Farmer

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a huge tax break for a homeowner who planted trees in his backyard. Bob Hague has the story. “The Supreme Court ruling released Thursday affirmed a Court of Appeals ruling that simply planting trees or alfalfa qualified Peter Ogden for an agricultural classification on two lots near his Pewaukee Lake home, whether or not there was any business or commercial activity. If the 12-acres behind his lakeside home is classified as agricultural, the assessed value is less than 20-thousand dollars. As residential property, it was assessed at 887 thousand in 2016 by the Town of Delafield. The case has been closely watched by local governments around Wisconsin.”

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