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Koehler Announces 2021 CAUV Tables

July 1, 2021
J. Kyle Koehler News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) today announced that Ohio’s farmers will continue to see low tax rates under this year’s updated Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) tables. The Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) identified a 25 percent decrease in the statewide average value for cropland from the 2018 values.

"The Ohio House of Representatives worked extremely hard in 2017 to update the formula used for property tax values on farmland in Ohio.  I watched Finance Chair Ryan Smith and then Agriculture Committee Chair Brian Hill fight for updated formulas that would more accurately reflect the Current Agriculture Use Value (CAUV) for farmlands across Ohio,” said Koehler.

“Skyrocketing property taxes on farmland before 2016 caused major issues for farmers. Fluctuating commodity prices and other varied costs associated with growing and raising our food made farming in Ohio difficult and expensive. The new formulas provide necessary relief to farmers and allow them to better predict costs as they provide the food Ohioans need.

As the current Chair of the Ohio House Agriculture and Conservation Committee, I am proud of the work Representatives Brian Hill and Ryan Smith accomplished in the 2017 Operating Budget to fix the CAUV formulas.” 

Enacted in 1973, the CAUV program allows property taxes on land devoted to agriculture and conservation to be valued for agricultural use, instead of its “best” potential use. With growing economic pressure to convert this land for commercial development, CAUV ensures farmland and Ohio’s agricultural industry is preserved. 

“Following the devastating supply chain disruptions of 2020, I am committed to aiding farmers in Ohio and improving CAUV to benefit this vital industry," said Koehler.

The Ohio Farm Bureau, one of the largest advocates for CAUV and Ohio’s farmers, stated this year’s low tax rates clearly show the program is working as intended. “As reassessments continue across the state, we are pleased to see values come back to a more reasonable and accurate level.”