Minnesota’s Sustainable Forestry Tax Incentive Act in Jeopardy

ATVAM Calls Minnesota ATVers to Action

Sustainable Forestry Tax Incentive Act (SFI) continues to run into problems in the House and Senate Taxes conference committee.

ATVer’s need to act and act now! We all need to call, and those of you who reside in the Twin Cities Metro area especially, need to call your House member and Senator and ask them to please help us out on this issue. We need their help to assure access to these vital corporate lands for recreational users of all kinds, both motorized and non-motorized. If there is not a compromise on these payments to landowners, most recreational activities will cease sooner than later.

Please call your legislators today and leave a message. If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can find out at “Who represents me” at: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

Here are some speaking points:

• Identify yourself as a constituent. Give your name, phone and address.

• Always be respectful and appreciative.

• Urge your legislator to support re-establishment of SFI, and ask that they communicate with the tax chairs and conference committee members to work towards a compromise that will ensure that Northern MN will continue to be a destination point for our recreational activities.

• Thank your legislator for their help, their leadership and for listening to your concerns.

• Mention that you would like to hear back from them on this issue.

• Leave your name and phone number again at the end of the message.

The Sustainable Forestry Tax Incentive Act continues to run into problems in the House and Senate Taxes conference committee. On Saturday it was made very clear by the Senate that unless the Senate Tax Committee conferees start hearing from urban Senators there isn’t much desire to try to “fix’ the SFI issue.

It appears the politics are such that key Northern Minnesota legislators are tired of the continued battle with metro legislators over conservation easements, pilt, etc. and are beginning to believe that perhaps they would be better off if they didn’t discourage segmenting the vast corporate lands and let them be developed to increase the value of the properties. This translates into a larger tax base for local needs. AND higher property taxes. Anyway, it got fairly grim on Saturday on this topic.

ATVers need to act and act now! We all need to call, and those of you who reside in the Twin Cities Metro area especially, need to call your House member and Senator and ask them to please help us out on this issue. All legislators, especially urban legislators, need to contact their respective conference committee members (especially the Chairs, Rep. Ann Lenczewski and Senator Rod Skoe) and ask them to work out a compromise that will assure access to these vital corporate lands for recreational users of all kinds, both motorized and non-motorized. If there is not a compromise on these payments to landowners, most recreational activities will cease sooner than later.

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