Ohio Farmers Union Members are receiving their Ohio Country Messenger this week and hopefully they read the front page story on the two bills pending in the Ohio General Assembly regarding tweaks to the formula for Current Agricultural Use Valuations in Ohio.
Unfortunately – and despite overwhelming proponent testimony in the relevant House and Senate committees – neither the House nor the Senate bill were voted out of committee.
Legislators have left Columbus for all practical purposes until after November’s election. Calls to the Governor’s office, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Keith Faber are in order – ask them to move the bills. The problem with moving this legislation isn’t with rank and file members, it’s with leadership. If you live in Speaker Rosenberger’s or President Faber’s district, ask them about it and let them know what’s happened to property taxes on your farm.
OFU will continue to monitor and work with other Ohio ag organizations to get the wild fluctuations out of CAUV values.