BROOKINGS, S.D. — To participate in the buffer strip incentive program signed into law during the 2017 South Dakota Legislative Session, landowners need to submit applications by October 15, 2017.
“South Dakota Senate Bill 66 provides an incentive for landowners to plant perennial vegetation on land adjoining qualified lakes, rivers or streams via a property tax adjustment in order to improve water quality,” explained David Kringen, SDSU Extension Water Resources Field Specialist.
Riparian Buffer Classification Program Land Criteria
Under South Dakota Senate Bill 66, a separate land classification was created for eligible land consisting of existing or newly-planted perennial vegetation and will be assessed at 60 percent of the land’s agricultural income value.
The vegetative buffer must be a minimum of 50 feet in width up to a maximum of 120 feet. Enrolled vegetative acres cannot be harvested or mowed before July 10. A 4-inch minimum must be maintained at all times.
Grazing is prohibited from May 1 through September 30.
Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2017
Applications for the Riparian Buffer Strip Classification Program are to be submitted to the Director of Equalization in the county where the property is located, and must be must be filed with the Director on or before October 15, 2017 for consideration for the 2018 assessment.
The link below provides an explanation of the law by the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Maps of all the qualified lakes and streams for every county, an application form and director contact information for each county.
In order to qualify for the tax reassessment each year, landowners must apply annually on or before October 15 to verify that the program criteria have been met.
Contact your county Director of Equalization for more information.
For more information and program details, visit the South Dakota Buffer Strip website. http://dor.sd.gov/bufferstrips.aspx.
— SDSU Extension
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