Two cases regarding Current Agricultural Use Value were decided in favor of landowners earlier this month by the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio Farm Bureau supported plaintiffs in both cases through amicus briefs, according to Leah Curtis, policy counsel and senior…
When hauling crops, equipment or other heavy items, take the time to make sure you’re in compliance with Ohio’s road laws. All trucks and even farm equipment are subject to Ohio’s weight laws, including the gross vehicle weight limit of 80,000 pounds and the axle limitations.
Landowners with non-permanent grain storage bins should check their county auditor’s tax card to determine if the auditor is taxing the bins as real property. The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (BTA) recently ruled that non-permanent grain storage bins at a grain elevator are not “real property” under Ohio law, and should be not be considered improvements that add to the property tax bill. The case is now headed to the Ohio Supreme Court for further consideration and Ohio Farm Bureau will be weighing in with the court on this important issue through an amicus brief.
Many of Ohio’s local communities have instituted zoning as a way to orderly plan the various uses of land. However, important statutory protections limit the reach of local zoning to agricultural land in certain circumstances. Here are a few things to know about zoning and land use.