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The Ohio Farmers Union is advising its members to brace for a sizeable increase in the taxable value of their land.
Ted Finnarn, a Darke County attorney who represents the OFU on an advisory committee for the Ohio Department of Taxation, said the Current Agricultural Use Valuations will “increase substantially” for tax year 2014, effective for taxes to be paid in 2015.
For property tax purposes, farmland devoted to commercial agriculture may be valued according to its current use rather than its “highest and best” potential use. By permitting values to be set below market values, the CAUV normally results in a lower tax bill for working farmers.
The formula to calculate CAUVs uses a five-year average of crop prices and production costs and factors in soil types and interest rates. The result gives a valuation per acre for different soil types.
The 150th anniversary remembrance of the Battle of Utoy Creek was held last week just west of Atlanta, Georgia.
The battle, which was fought August 4-6, resulted in a Confederate victory. A Genoa man was among the estimated 1,850 Union casualties. Elliot Wyman was killed on August 6, 150 years ago.
Wyman is remembered in Genoa as The Grand Army of the Republic Post 39 bears his name. The now vacant building is located at the Genoa Quarry, next to the ice cream store. A local group of the Sons of Union Veterans and others attempted, started in 2004, to renovate the building and open it to the public. This effort called “The Genoa Project” has been on hold the last few years.
American West tragedy rooted in Ohio's Black Swamp
During the long journey of my news career, I traveled a portion of life's road in the colorful American West where I found myself easily seduced by the legends, the lore and the history of this much romanticized landscape. Be they gunslingers, gamblers, soldiers, ranchers, farmers, doctors, merchants, or fortune seekers, they shared a common heart and braved the crucible of the broad plains to discover new and promising lives, or in some cases, tragic and cruel deaths. Such was the case of Elmore native Clara Blinn.
The Black Swamp Conservancy is seeking input on its programs and operations.
A 10-question, online survey has been emailed to the land trust’s supporters, asking them how they learned about the conservancy that was founded in 1993 by residents concerned by the rate of development in rural Northwest Ohio.
The questionnaire also asks respondents to prioritize the types of landscapes the conservancy should preserve: open spaces and parks for recreation, farmland and land and waterways for hunting and fishing as well as what programs they’d like to be offered, ranging from nature walks and birding tours to geocaching, concerts and working farm events and nature photography.
After sending letters to 58 Toledo and area businesses to substantiate the pricing of bottled water during the city’s water crisis, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said consumers may still contact his office if they suspect they were victims of price gouging.
Consumers should submit as much documentation as possible with their complaints and call 800-282-0515 or visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.
While Ohio doesn’t have a statute defining price gouging, the state’s Consumer Sales Practices Act prohibits “unfair, deceptive and unconscionable sales practices.”
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