San Francisco set to test urban farming law

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Updated: 9/01 1:45 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Owners who turn empty lots in San Francisco into farms could soon begin getting a break on their taxes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city is set to become the first in California to enact a state law intended to encourage lot owners to turn their parcels into gardens.

The measure lets municipalities lower the assessed value — and therefore the property taxes — if owners dedicate them to growing food for at least five years. Among its aims is reducing urban blight.

San Francisco will be the first to enact it beginning Sept. 8 because the Board of Supervisors already approved the necessary local ordinance. The Chronicle reports that other cities, including Fresno and Sacramento, are watching San Francisco.


 

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