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Grayson opted out of ag districts

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In the Jan. 21 edition, you quoted Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Webb Flowers as saying, "I don't believe there's a single board of supervisors in the state of Virginia that have rejected an application."
Flowers needs to be informed that Grayson County holds that distinction of rejecting an application.
In November 2003, the Grayson Board of Supervisors rejected the very first (and I believe the only) application it received.
It was for a forestal district of 250.96 acres involving two landowners. The reasons given were:
• the county's uncertain economic future — that is, the tax cost to the county would be too great.
• the absence of sufficient personnel in the tax assessor's office to manage ag‑forestal districts.
These districts are one of several possibilities that Virginia has provided to try to promote preservation of agricultural, forestal and open land from development.
The Grayson supervisors have expressed opposition to all of them. It is often said that they don't want to give a tax break to farmers.
The truth is that the farm segment of the county pays more real estate tax and uses less county services than the non‑farm segment.
So really what they are saying is that they oppose reducing the tax penalty that farmers are paying.
Frederick A. Saal
Fries