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No. Applications must be made each year at the Williams County Auditor's office.
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Yes, if containing 10 acres or more. Those under 10 acres can qualify if the land has produced a gross income for the past three years of at least $2,500 each year or should reasonably be expected to product that much during the current year.
File an application with the County Auditor on or after the first Monday in January and on or before the first Monday in March and pay a one time application fee of $25. There is no renewal fee.
Land devoted exclusively to agricultural use qualifications include:
No. The farm has to qualify, not the owner.
Reappraisals are done every six years and a review and adjustment is possible in the third calendar year following the reappraisal.
No. In Ohio, tax value, or tax assessed value, is 35% of the appraised market value.
Before the law was enacted farms were appraised on the basis of their appraised market value.
The fair market value approach depends upon the comparison of sales of similarly situated farms and where the highest and best use sets value. The C.A.U.V. method depends upon capitalizing the expected net income from farming.
Yes. The fair market value reflects what a buyer is willing to pay regardless of the farm's agricultural production capability.
For the purpose of this act they are.
Woodland is not eligible for tax savings under both laws. An owner must choose one or the other. On parcels of 10 acres or more, timber qualifies for the C.A.U.V. program, meeting the commercial production test. However, you must submit a request for a Land Management program in writing to:Tom CollinsService Forester Division of Forestry3357 County Road DSwanton, OH 43558
If you knowingly give false information on an application, you are guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The owner is required to pay back the tax difference. Recoupment, for a maximum of three years, is taxed under the C.A.U.V. method.
Failure to reapply for C.A.U.V. tax appraisal or if a change in use occurs so that the land is not devoted exclusively to agricultural purposes.
Golf courses do not qualify.
Yes. This is a type of animal husbandry. However, a race track does not qualify.
Yes. As long as it meets the C.A.U.V. income requirement
A garden store does not qualify.
Yes, the raising of plants or animals as fish or shellfish in or under the sea, lake or river or other body of water.
Yes. The raising and care of bees qualifies.