friedcoot wrote:Nabs wrote:And before we go off on the subsidy BS, I will point out that our state does not subsidize farming.
And the Williamson act is not a subsidy?
http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/lca ... Index.aspx
Or, the cost of discounted water compared to residential and industrial use is not a subsidy?
Or, tax reduced free fuel is not a subsidy?
The state has not been funding the Williamson Act for over 5 years. Therefore, there is no "subsidy" there. Even if there was, why should someone who owns 500 ac pay the same percentage of taxes on that property as someone who lives in the city? They don't utilize all the city/state services that property taxes are designed to fund.
There also is no such thing as "discounted" water. The water that farmers receive is unrefined. When residential and industrial users pay more for water, they are paying for the treatments and refinements to make it usable and potable. You want to drink irrigation water? Go ahead.
And finally, taxes placed on fuel are to maintain roads, etc. Why should farmers pay a surcharge on fuel to maintain roads when their equipment never sees the pavement?