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Corbett signs 'hoop house' bill that saves farmers real-estate tax

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Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a bill into law to make sure high-tunnel greenhouses, also known as hoop houses, aren't seen as permanent structures and, for tax purposes, aren't categorized as real estate.

The legislation, now Act 130 of 2013, was introduced by state Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, and chairman of the state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

Vogel said in the release that hoop houses extend the growing season for farmers.

“Subjecting these temporary structures to taxation places an onerous financial burden on farming families that can more than erase any profits they may realize from using high tunnels in the first place,” he said in the statement.

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