To the Editor,
I noticed a ad placed in the paper last week that has some misleading information.
Myth – Timber tax is used for matching funds for school construction.
Fact – Timber tax is a tax of 5% on stumpage at the time of harvest that is divided between the County where it was harvested and the State General Fund. This tax offsets the lower property tax that is paid on Timber Land. 4% goes to the county and 1% to the State General Fund.
Fact – State Matching Funds come from monies that are derived from State Trust Land. These are lands that are managed by the Department of Natural Resources. (That is why one should vote for a Land Commissioner that will put Trust Land ahead of politics)
The rest of the ad you can judge for yourself.