Using land to grow food… and dodge property taxes?!

That’s what’s happening all around Wisconsin.

• Whispering Springs subdivision, with homes along a golf course: Total property taxes: about $5,745. By having “corn planted on one lot and weeds and marsh hay being harvested from the other five,” the total tax bill plunges to around $12.77.

• In Fond du Lac, “two commercial lots that should be assessed at $636,100, but are valued at a total of $900 because winter wheat was planted on them.”

• At a Gander Mountain in Eau Claire, which is also”being planted with crops,” the tax bill will plummet from around $50,000 to “about $75 next year.”

Does this mean that we can get a break for having six or seven planting beds on our lot?


Somehow, I thought not. Nor should they.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.