Local federation president says taxes the most pressing issue

President of the Huron County Federation of Agriculture, Ethan Wallace. (Photo by Bob Montgomery)

The President of the Huron County Federation of Agriculture says the most pressing concern for their members right now is the increasing share of the county and municipal budgets that has been pushed onto farmers.

Ethan Wallace says year after year that portion of the county and municipal budgets that has been shifted from urban to agriculture has increased. Wallace says that was around 12 per cent back in the early 2000’s and is now up over 21 per cent.

“The fact that year after year the proportion of the county and municipal budgets that has been pushed from urban to agriculture has continued to go up,” said Wallace. “And that’s worrisome to us. The services that we, as agriculture get, have not gone up. So we’re paying more of the rural community’s services than we receive.”

Wallace projects it will go to 22 or 22.5 per cent in the foreseeable future.

The President of the Huron County Federation of Agriculture made the comments at the recent Federation of Agriculture Local Politician’s Forum in Clinton on March 6, 2020.