-C.J. Keene, News Director
South Dakota cattle producers have had tough questions go unanswered regarding the classification of ranch lands for tax purposes.
State Senator Jessica Castleberry of Rapid City is co-sponsoring legislation in an effort remedy the situation, and offered a breakdown of the bill as it stands.
Producers, Castleberry says, are being forced to pay crop taxes on uncroppable land – an issue she says has gone unaddressed for well over a decade.
Castleberry said the state department of revenue has admitted the system is in need of an adjustment.
Castleberry said she believes East River politicians have a habit of putting cattle issues on the backburner.
The proposal has received an endorsement from the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, which Castleberry described as a “direct line” to ranchers.