Monday, November 10, 2008

Farms and Public Defenders: Interesting Reading . . .

In recent months, I have written about the severe challenges to our public defender's office, as well as the property tax break for agricultural properties in the County. Blog readers were very interested in both topics.

Here are two stories that just ran on these two topics:

Public Defender Challenges: NYT:

Farm Tax Break: Dayton Daily News:


Anonymous said...

I think the counties should join together and sue the state supreme court for failing to enforce the code of professional responsibility which includes a mandate to perform pro bono work. If the state's high court started auditing attorneys to determine compliance the need for attorneys to step forward and help with the public defender needs as well as the other civil issues (child support, divorce with domestic violence, etc) we wouldn't have taxpayer's burden so heavy in order to compensate for the greedy attorneys who seem to think that a fee based case that goes into collections IS their fair share under the law.
Enforce the requirement and set the number of hours to be volunteered.(and those that don't or can't should pay their hourly rate times the hours)

Anonymous said...

It appears we're one of the counties who does absolutely nothing to verify farming use of land. I think we should hire people on a contingency basis to evaluate parcels and make recommendations to the auditor - Also, if a business doesn't produce a profit for more than 3 years, it is officially a hobby. So federal tax law would make the income standards quite a bit higher once the property owner deducts "costs" or "expenses" - being their taxes in the first place.
Why can't we access the tax records to find red flags.

By the way, there was a report a few years ago by the dept of labor that said that under the table wage earners cause the loss of billiions in a state like ohio. closing the gap by requiring statewide licensure/registration for all self employed persons would help to close the loop hole of tax evasion and on top of it, have profound deterant effects on the problem of delinquent support, welfare fraud, and crime.

Quim said...

CAUV - yeah, I would say 10 acres is more of a garden than a farm.

Nati Change Cdr. said...

Do you stand behind the 1963 decision, Gideon v. Wainwright, and subsequent cases, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that poor criminal defendants are entitled to government-paid representation?

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