CAUV reform

UPDATED: May 10, 2017

Editors: The following statement can be attributed to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

With passage of SB 36, the Ohio Senate has taken a much needed step to help farmers who have been subjected to extraordinary property tax increases. By reforming the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula, the bill will bring relief to family farmers who have seen farmland property taxes increase by more than 300 percent in recent years. These increases have come at the same time that farm income has undergone significant decline. SB 36 also ensures that farmers are not penalized for adopting conservation practices that protect water quality.

Ohio Farm Bureau appreciates the Senate’s attention to the single most troublesome issue for farmers and landowners. We will continue to work with the Senate and House as they complete their efforts to reform the CAUV formula.

This is a statement for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.

ACTION NEEDED ON CAUV REFORM

CAUV reform has been included in the state budget, and the time to act is now. There has never been a more critical time to voice your support of CAUV reform! Call your member of the Ohio House of Representatives and ask them to protect and keep  the CAUV language in the proposed state budget.

Here are the phone numbers for our local representatives:

Kirk Schuring – (614) 752-2438

Stephen Slesnick – (614) 466-8030

Christina Hagan – (614) 466-9078

Please make these contacts no later than May 3.

April 25, the House of Representatives leadership team announced language is included in the proposed state budget that will help bring relief to farmers who have faced uncertainty from increasing CAUV valuation. There are organizations working in opposition to CAUV reform, therefore it is essential for our local legislator/s to know you support this measure.  

Ohio Farm Bureau has been working with House members to accomplish CAUV reform, but now it is up to our members to help protect and keep CAUV language in the budget by making sure statewide support is voiced. House members need to hear from farmers and property owners regarding their support of this CAUV language, and will need to hear from you before the budget is voted out of the House.

To contact your legislator and learn more about the work being done, what is in the bill or what the budget process will look like moving forward, visit the Farm Votes Matter website.

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