“We’re expecting a robust discussion by the policy development committee members before they make policy recommendations for consideration at Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting,” said Chad Endsley, OFBF’s general counsel.
The last time the committee met in August, members learned how farmland is taxed in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa to help them make CAUV policy recommendations. Since that meeting, Ohio Farm Bureau has stepped up its focused analysis of the CAUV formula, and OFBF’s state board approved a two-part tax policy action plan to be carried out over the next few months. The first part calls for staff members to closely examine CAUV, study proposed changes, meet with members of the Ohio Department of Taxation and Ohio General Assembly and communicate with Farm Bureau members. The second part calls for a broad review of state and local tax policy.
As the CAUV discussion has unfolded at the county and state level, a wide range of suggestions have been brought forward. OFBF has carefully reviewed all suggestions, while developing its own set of recommendations. It is important to recognize that some of the more popular suggestions may not be in the best interest of landowners over the long term, or in some cases may not even be legally possible. OFBF is continuing to develop suggestions that will provide a stable and accurate program while complying with constitutional and legal requirements. The organization expects to finalize its recommendations very soon. Any proposed changes need to preserve the integrity and purpose of the program, which is to accurately value farmland according to its current agricultural use.