The Conservation District continues to assist qualified landowners in filing for agricultural assessments as it relates to their farmland. The Agricultural Districts Law allows reduced property tax bills for land in agricultural production by limiting the property tax assessment of such land to its prescribed agricultural assessment value.
As part of a statewide program, the District is responsible for completing Soil Group Worksheets for farmland owners applying for an agricultural assessment. Conservation District staff will plot the boundaries of each farmed parcel on a soil map and determine the acreage in each soil group.These soils are then categorized into soil groups, having each group valued differently for farmland assessment purposes. These worksheets are used by assessors to recalculate a real property assessment based on soil productivity. This allows farmland to be assessed based on its agricultural value, rather than its full market value, keeping land in production. Many acres of our landscape would remain idle or be converted to another form of land use without this important state program. These open workable lands provide wildlife habitat, open space, natural resource diversification, employment & economic opportunities.
Please contact the Conservation District for more information or to set up an appointment for a Soil Group Worksheet.