Agricultural land already receives a substantial property tax break in Indiana, with land assessed for tax purposes at a rate well below market value (land last year was assessed at $1,630 an acre).
According to the study, farmers would see property taxes drop around $2.81 an acre if the wind farm goes through. For someone with 500 acres to farm, that’s a $1,045 a year savings.
Dumb lawsuit of the week
Everything these days is someone else’s fault. Take, for example, Juanita DeJesus’ lawsuit against the owners of Gary’s minor league baseball team.
After losing sight of a foul pop-up during a game in 2009, and having it hit her on the head, the plaintiff sued, alleging the team should have put protective netting “continuously from first to third base.” A Lake County court found in her favor.
Friday, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s ruling, saying the plaintiff had failed to prove liability.
Further, the court said the team has no duty to place screening down the base lines, but only around the area behind home plate.
With players now hard at work in spring training, the timing of the appeals ruling couldn’t have been better.