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Ohio Farm Bureau statement in response to passage of Senate Bill 36 – CAUV reform

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.