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Letter: Please consider all CFO/CAFO viewpoints

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From: Tom Mee


On behalf of the residents of Old St. Louis and the surrounding community, we are pleased to hear about the consideration of a moratorium on CFO/CAFO businesses until more research is done on the immediate and future consequences these farmland uses have on surrounding areas and the county as a whole.

Every viewpoint needs to be heard and considered when addressing the future plans for Bartholomew County. Existing residences should have protection from encroaching farm operations just as right-to-farm laws protect existing farm operations from encroaching residences.

Just as small tracts of leased farmland need to be protected for small farmers to make a living and new farmers to get a start, the county needs to protect the tax income from rural residential properties.

It is higher than the tax income from ag property of the same size, and that tax income is needed for county improvements, maintenance and growth.

People enjoy country living for many reasons, and all deserve to be allowed to use their property as they see fit without imposing unfavorable or potentially hazardous conditions on neighboring properties.

Not only is this common courtesy and morally correct, but it is written into law to protect everyone’s best interests along with the future growth and pleasant nature of Bartholomew County.

We would appreciate the opportunity to participate in a discussion focused on the long-term plans and goals for the future of Bartholomew County and all of its residents.

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