Quote Originally Posted by RKflorida
To get their hands on the land, they removed the agriculture zoning and started taxing the land as suburban real estate. So a farmer with 200 acres in the family for over a hundred years was suddenly faced with a $500,000 tax bill.
My immediate family has a large parcel of land in an area that has become a McMansion-ville. The sleezeball developers kept trying everything they could think of to get their hands on it, though it is NOT for sale. Finally, they had the land registered as forrest. There is a process involved with this, where someone from the forrestry service inspects the property. Once it is designated as a forrest, it prevents much "developed" land use but also decimates the tax burden.