Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211


Agricultural News

Farm Bureau's LeAnna McNally Gives Legislative Update on State's Ad Valorem Tax Issue and More

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:37:03 CDT

Farm Bureau's LeAnna McNally Gives Legislative Update on State's  Ad Valorem Tax Issue and More As we pass the halfway mark on this year’s legislative session here in Oklahoma, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, brought LeAnna McNally of Oklahoma Farm Bureau in studio, to get an update on the policy issues her organization has been monitoring, as they play defense for their members stretching across rural Oklahoma. According to her, there have been a few pieces of legislation come through that has warranted tracking, but one bill in particular, HB1374, has certainly caught their attention.

“That bill really concerns our members,” McNally asserts. “It allows ad valorem taxes to be utilized by municipalities by a vote of the folks living in the city limits.”

Now, while there is an exemption for agriculture included, McNally warns voters not to be fooled. This bill changes up the rules of the game, allowing a rate hike to occur by a simple majority vote. This has never been done in Oklahoma. Advantage has always been given to landowners in ad valorem votes because simply put, it is the landowners who typically pay out the most in these taxes. McNally says she would imagine that even urban legislators would take issue with this, especially ones representing districts that are home to residential areas where the citizens may not be able to afford a sudden increase in their taxes. She begs the question, that if this bill is passed into law, then what doors would that open in turn?

“It’s that idea of the camel’s nose under the tent when we talk about municipalities having access to those ad valorem taxes,” she said, “when they have several sources of revenue currently.”

McNally adds that OFB members are concerned that the resources already funding cities are not being managed properly. She says that while sales tax income may not be the most stable resource, it should still be able to adequately fund municipal expenses with a little planning and forethought. Questions are also arising as to why some cities are not taking advantage of other alternative revenue streams such as internet sales tax, which if untapped, is basically leaving large sums on the table.

McNally will join Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays for his weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m. to discuss this issue and others, such as authorizing nurse practitioners to perform more medical services in rural areas, the state budget deficit and more.

In the meantime, listen to Hays and McNally, on their off-camera interview by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.



Listen to Hays and McNally on their off-camera interview by clicking or tapping the LISTEN bar below
right-click to download mp3


WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Nice Weather Attracting Good Crowd to Tulsa Farm Show  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:37:35 CST
  • FSA Disaster Relief Available for Livestock Deaths in Winter Storm  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:12:09 CST
  • Friday, February 26, 2021 Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:02:11 CST
  • OWRB approves over $1.9 million for infrastructure improvements for six Oklahoma systems  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:22:32 CST
  • AFR/OFU Pleased with Pilgrim’s Pride Guilty Plea  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:20:24 CST
  • 2021 Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week is Driving Safety Home  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:18:53 CST
  • USDA Invests $1.7 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Infrastructure to Improve Education Outcomes in Oklahoma  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:14:29 CST
  • Top 5 things to know about Herd Immunity and COVID-19  Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:09:19 CST

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!


    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.