New CAUV program office to be established in St. Clairsville
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Qualified landowners in Belmont County enjoy a reduction in real estate taxes thanks to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program.
CAUV was established after the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation campaigned to have farmland taxed for its agricultural value, rather than its market value.
Belmont County Auditor Cindi Henry is committed to making the CAUV program more accessible to eligible landowners.
“We are rearranging the auditor’s office to facilitate space for the CAUV program,” Henry said. Informational brochures and CAUV enrollment forms will be available there.
“Larry Craig, deputy auditor and CAUV coordinator, will also be available to administer and answer questions about the program for eligible farmers and landowners,” she said.
According to Jerry Ebbert, area farmer and Belmont County Farm Bureau president, CAUV saves eligible farmers and landowners from $8 to $12 per acre on their annual real estate taxes.
“We appreciate Henry’s willingness to work with our county’s farmers and landowners,” he said. “Farm Bureau has successfully lobbied with the tax department and the Ohio legislature to keep data relevant to changes in the agricultural economy, and improving CAUV savings for the farmers.”
“A strong CAUV program benefits Belmont County landowners and is a tremendous boost for our local farmers and the extended agricultural community,” Henry says.
Ebbert encourages all CAUV recipients to be Farm Bureau members so the organization can continue to advocate for landowner issues.
For more information about CAUV, call the Belmont County Auditor’s Office at 740-695-2121 or the Belmont County Farm Bureau at 740-425-3681.