I’ve been pricing the cost of improvements to the land in Kentucky. As part of that, I needed to understand the tax implications of anything I might do, so I called the assessor’s office.
The clerk let me know that building any structure, even if it was just a little room with a toilet, would raise the taxes beyond what I was willing to pay.
And then this happened.
Clerk: Are there any structures currently on the property?
Me: Just a falling-down barn.
Clerk: How many acres?
Clerk: Do you have a farm number?
Me: I do! I just got one so I can make improvements to the land to help the wildlife.
I told her my farm number.
Clerk: You’re currently coded residential. With a farm number…(clicking sounds)… your taxes would go from… (more clicking sounds)…are you sitting down?
Me: (dreading the reason I might need to be sitting) Yes.
Clerk: Your taxes will go from $853 dollars a year to $68 dollars.
Me: A… year?
Clerk: Yes. With a farm number, your taxes will be $68 dollars a year. Whatever you build would raise your taxes to $564 a year. They’d be less than what you’ve been paying.
I laughed, and she did, too.
Sometimes I hold off doing something because I’m afraid of the answer, but it turns out I’m only delaying good news.
Chewing the Cud of Good
Thankful for the people I get to write with Sunday through Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As one of us greets the others when he logs into the zoom chat, “My peeples!”