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  Farm Bill In Ohio Legislature Would Reduce Funding For Water District  
  June 11, 2020 Edition  
     “The proposed language HB 665 is unfair and overly broad, with far-reaching impacts beyond the intended goal of the Canfield Fair.”
     
      BY JOHN A. DARNELL JR.
      associate editor
      A farm bill currently in the Ohio Legislature, has drawn “profound concerns” from the ABC Storm Water District because, if approved, it will exempt the district from an estimated $17,000 in utility fees.
      Boardman Township Administrator Jason Loree testified a week ago before the Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee about the proposal saying “it is patently unfair to...residents of Boardman and Canfield Townships to enact a law to exempt one of the single largest...properties in those townships for no reason other than its owner is an agricultural society.”
      Loree told members of the committee that all parcels of land in the ABC District, that stormwater runoffs from the Canfield Fairgrounds drain to local waterways from a surface area of more than two million square feet.
      “The proposed language HB 665 is unfair and overly broad, with far-reaching impacts beyond the intended goal of the Canfield Fair. The change would prevent collection of the fairground’s fair share of the costs of stormwater management and shift the responsibility onto other property owners within the district,” Loree said.
      ABC stormwater fees are monthly utility service fees collected along with property taxes to address significant and persistent flooding problems in Boardman and Canfield Townships and address federal stormwater mandates.
      “We currently have projects going out to bid that have engineering estimates combining to be over $1.4 million. The stormwater district has also authorized over $100,000 in planning for two watersheds within our service area. This includes Indian Run that starts in Canfield Township and encompasses the fairgrounds, crosses and contributes to flooding of State Route 11, and discharges into Boardman Township,” Loree said.
      HB 665 would prohibit a regional water and sewer district from charging water or sewer assessments or other charges against county agricultural society property that is exempt from real property taxation.
      Under continuing law, a regional water and sewer district may charge assessments or other amounts against property within the district that is deemed to benefit from the district’s projects. Property that is exempt from real property taxation can be, but is not necessarily, exempt from such assessments.
      “While it is well understood and accepted that undeveloped properties in agricultural districts are exempt from water and sewer assessments, it is illogical and unfair to exempt developed properties that benefit from such utility charges simply because they happen to be owned by an agricultural society,” Loree told the House committee.
     
 
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