Monday, March 25th

assess08 assess - Property around a home of Peter Ogden, at W290 W2171 Happy Hollow Road, in the Town of Delafield includes small trees. A Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in favor of Ogden to qualify for an agriculturalÊclassification on 12 acres of land behind his home near Pewaukee Lake. AÊdecision written by Judge Mark GundrumÊruled that merely growing the trees and some hay is agricultural, rejecting the town assessor's view that there must be some commercial component to the endeavor. - Photo by Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel(Photo: mjd, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

In a case closely watched by local governments, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a huge tax break for a Lake Country homeowner who planted trees in his backyard.

The court affirmed a Court of Appeals ruling that simply planting trees or hay qualified Peter Ogden for an agricultural classification on two lots abutting his Pewaukee Lake home, whether or not there was any business or commercial purpose to the operation.