MIDDLEPORT — Several resolutions of interest to those in the farming community, including one relating to a reduction in the estate tax exemption, were passed at the annual meeting of the Meigs County Farm Bureau meeting held Monday night at the Middleport Masonic Lodge.
In the meeting following a dinner, members were asked to encourage an extension of the current estate tax exemption of $5 million. It was noted that without congressional action this will shrink to $1 million per person with no spousal transfer, and the top rate would increase to 55 percent, striking a blow to farmers and ranchers trying to transition from one generation to the next.
Another resolution passed by the group called for opposition of Issue 2 which if passed would change the way congressional and state legislative districts are drawn.
Other resolutions dealt with holding elected officials of Meigs County to budgetary requirements of their office, and to encourage continuation of forceful action to alleviate drug problems in the county.
On the state level, the resolutions passed by the Farm Bureau members called for accessibility for a countywide phone system, for finding solutions to undocumented immigrant workers, and to encourage legislators to search for a more equitable solution to adequately fund schools.
On the national level, the resolutions called for legislation to support the Corps of Engineers in efforts to stabilize eroding areas along the Ohio River, and to find a more equitable and affordable resolution to the health care cost crisis.
Speaking briefly at the meeting on legislative issues was Congressman Bill Johnson of the 6th District, who is seeking re-election in the Nov. 6 election.
Representative Debbie Phillips who is seeking re-election in the 94th District and numerous local candidates were introduced during the meeting.
Rex Shenefield extended the welcome after which Sharon Jewell gave the secretary’s report, and Jack Carsey, the treasurer’s report. Jeff Warner gave a report on Farm Bureau benefits, and several others spoke including Paul Lyons OFBF Reg supervisor, and Jim Bernholtz, regional supervisor.
Longtime and new members were recognized during the evening.
Entertainment was provided by “Truly Saved” consisting of Craig Harrison, Kathy McDaniel and Jackie White.