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August 02, 2017 11:07 AM

Daugaard: Buffer Strip Property Tax Incentives Available

Pierre (AP)

Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office says South Dakota residents have until October to apply for tax incentives meant to encourage people to install buffer strips between agricultural land and waterways.

The new law offers property tax breaks for land turned into buffer strips of vegetation to help trap fertilizer, pesticides and sediment before they reach water. Supporters say buffer strips can improve water quality.

The law allows for the tax incentives on 50- to 120-foot buffers along South Dakota waterways including 575 lakes and roughly 11,000 miles of streams. Eligible buffer strips would be assessed at 60 percent of the land's agricultural income value.

Landowners have until Oct. 15 to submit an application for the 2018 tax year to the director of equalization in the county where their property is located.
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