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Afton runs with horse resolution

The Afton City Council has taken hold of the reins to combat Washington County's discussion over horse boarding classifications.

Council member Peg Nolz advised the council to jump on the wagon with this issue after the Washington County assessor's office reclassified properties where horse boarding and training occur from agricultural to commercial.

This reclassification has resulted in significant increases in property taxes for those properties and could ultimately run horse boarders out of business.

Several northern suburbs, including Hugo, Grant and May Township, have already passed resolutions combating this reclassification.

At a meeting held on May 13 between these communities a resolution was passed that stated that the preservation of rural character includes agricultural operations which includes horse boarding and training operations.

The communities also said the economic nature of horses in Washington County is more consistent with an agricultural classification than a commercial classification.

Afton agrees with their fellow rural communities, which is why they passed a resolution mirroring these sentiments at their June 16 meeting.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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