MEDFORD, Ore. — Local beekeepers are taking Jackson County to court to defend a tax credit that they say is being stripped away.
Local advocates will appear in Salem Tuesday to defend the farm special assessment, which allows homeowners to get property tax breaks for commercial farming on their land.
Bee advocates say the county is trying to take away that benefit for landowners who lease their land specifically to beekeepers, removing incentives for landowners to rent out their property.
“In their own words, bees are a viable agricultural endeavor,” landowner and plaintiff, Leroy Wehde commented.
Tuesday’s hearing is an appeal from a decision last year that ruled in favor of the county. Beekeepers say if they don’t come out on top, they’re prepared to go all the way to the state Supreme Court.