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 Auditor Keith announces new agricultural property values

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 11, 2017
Contact: Mike Brill / Nate Sikora
937-225-6372 

Montgomery County farmland owners will receive notice of their new property values in mid-September, following state changes to an agricultural tax relief program.
 
Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith mailed property value notices to county residents with agricultural properties the week of September 10. These notices will reflect changes to how farmland is valued under Ohio’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program that were made in the state budget bill passed in June.
 
The CAUV program is a valuable source of tax relief for farmers. Nearly 3500 parcels are currently enrolled in the CAUV program. Countywide, CAUV values have decreased by 24% with this year’s update. These CAUV values are established by a statewide formula that a county auditor cannot change.
 
CAUV is a program providing property tax reductions on farmlands of ten acres or more devoted exclusively to agricultural use. Additionally, the program is available for tracts of land that are less than ten acres if the average yearly gross farm income for the past three years is at least $2,500.
 
“Due to changes to the CAUV formula made by the state legislature, farmers should expect to see lower property values this year,” said Keith. “Farm owners who believe they may be eligible for this program should call my office at 225-4326.”
 
CAUV program changes are not the only changes agricultural landowners should expect to see. Adjustments were also made to agricultural land values not enrolled in the CAUV program, such as agricultural land not used for commercial purposes. Overall, agricultural values for Montgomery County have decreased by 12%.
 
Auditor Keith is hosting special property value review sessions for agricultural property owners at the Jackson Township Community Center later this month. At these sessions, residents have the opportunity to discuss their tentative property values with certified appraisers. Residents who would like to discuss the value of their property can call the Property Owners Hotline at 937-225-5096 during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment with an Auditor’s Office representative.
 
Additional information about this year’s property value update is available by visiting www.mcauditor.org.

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