LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Mike Green testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday in support of his bill to protect certain land donated to conservation efforts from a sudden increase in property taxes.
In 2006, Public Act 446 was enacted to exempt transfers of conservation easements and qualified conservation contributions from tax hikes. However, a 2009 attorney general opinion found that the law failed to protect those initiated by a deceased person’s will.
Senate Bill 805 would expressly exempt from tax increases land donated through a will.
“Lands so generously donated for conservation efforts play a critical role in preserving Michigan’s natural resources and wildlife and providing public access to the outdoors,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Through this legislation, we can protect the final wishes of those who contribute to these efforts and continue our conservation legacy for generations to come.”
SB805 heads to the full Senate for consideration.
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