Changes proposed for Colorado conservation easements |

Changes proposed for Colorado conservation easements

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado lawmaker is proposing to change the way the state handles its conservation easements program because of delays in resolving appeals that could result in foreclosures on hundreds of farms and ranches.

Rep. Marsha Looper, a Republican from Calhan, wants to allow property owners given tax credits not to develop their property that were later denied, to take their appeals straight to court. The property owners are now required to appeal to the state Department of Revenue. She plans to meet with property owners and judges to discuss the plan on Friday.

Looper says it could take 10 years at the current rate to resolve disputes from 355 landowners who claim over $90 million in tax credits.

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