Editors: The following statement can be attributed to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
The Ohio Senate has responded to a pressing need affecting Ohio’s family farmers by including farm property tax reforms in its recently passed budget bill. The changes made to Ohio’s Current Agricultural Use Value formula correct a flaw under which farmland taxes have increased by more than 300 percent in recent years, a burden that any business or individual would find unsustainable. The reforms also remove penalties on farmers for applying practices to farmland that protect water quality.
We encourage both the Ohio House and Senate to maintain these critical reforms as they complete their budget work.