It might cost the owner of a $150,000 house about $2 extra a month next year if the county ups property taxes to maintain and repair bridges in Allen County and some of its municipalities.

But to county farmers, a proposed property tax increase could cost thousands of dollars a year, several said this morning.

About a half-dozen farmers brought their concerns about the proposed tax increase to the Allen County commissioners Friday morning at what was supposed to be a public hearing on reinstituting the county's major bridge fund.

A publishing error led to the official public hearing needing to be rescheduled to April 12.

“As farmers, we have no way to pass that (tax increase) on – we're at the mercy of commodity (price) rates and weather,” said farmer Brian Roemke of Harlan. “We can't charge more for the product.”

The large acreage owned by farmers greatly magnifies the typical residential increase, Roemke said.

Roger Hadley, president of the Allen County branch of the Indiana Farm Bureau, said that if the tax were raised to its maximum level, a farmer with 800 to 1,000 acres now paying about $13,000 in annual property taxes would pay up to $33,000 a year.It might cost the owner of a $150,000 house about $2 extra a month next year if the county ups property taxes to maintain and repair bridges in Allen County and some of its municipalities.

But to county farmers, a proposed property tax increase could cost thousands of dollars a year, several said this morning.
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