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Mississippi's Severance Tax and Forest Resource Development Program

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Mississippi's Forest Resource Development Program was the second state-sponsored forestry assistance program in the United States. It was authorized by the legislature in 1974 in response to concerns over long-term availability of softwood timber. It is funded by a severance tax levied at the point of first processing. Since inception, 152,295 acres have been treated under the program. Severance tax rates were established in 1974 and remained constant until 1981. Costs rose rapidly during these years, and the only way to increase funds for the program was to cut more timber or raise the fixed tax rates, as was done in 1981. Such problems would be avoided of severance taxes were levied on the basis of current product value.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State 39762

Publication date: 1983-10-01

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