Mel Gibson has failed in his bid to have a chunk of his land in Greenwich,
Connecticut, classified as a farm in an effort to earn a tax break.
The Passion Of The Christ director had hoped to have 17 of his 75.7 acres
classified as a farmland, but authorities were not convinced.
Town assessor JOHN 'TED' GWARTNEY says, "Anyone can have a few pigs in
their back yard, but a viable farm is more than having something for personal
use. It's about producing a viable product."
Gibson would have saved about $10,000 (GBP5,250) per year in property
taxes on his $17.7 million (GBP9.3 million) estate if granted the exemption for
owners of working farms. His annual property tax bill is reportedly about