Farm banker Carl Axness says he thinks a recent change in how Wisconsin taxes farm land was heaven-sent, but now he must pray it isn't repealed.

Known as "use-value assessment" and enacted in many other states, the new approach was adopted as part of the 1995-1997 Wisconsin budget. The method assesses farmland for tax purposes based on its use instead of on market value or a potentially more valuable use such as residential development.

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