I know the state is looking for ways to increase revenue and hopefully lower taxes for honest landowners.

As a landowner paying premium real estate taxes, I have to ask myself: Why do I have to pay more in real estate taxes so we can continue to give paper companies a lower rate on their tree farm exemption?

Paper companies are not employing anywhere near the amount of people they used to. They will just sell off the land and move to China and laugh all the way to the bank on how little they paid in taxes all the years they owned it.

Also, no person or company should get a tree farm exemption unless they open their land to public use, as we the public are paying for that exemption!

Why are we paying landowners to grow trees? They will sell them for a good profit anyway.

It’s time to end corporate welfare for tree farms.

David Call