Two days later, it was gone.
A line-item in the 2016-17 Ohio Budget would have given golf course owners uniform property tax rules across the state, billing their tax rate based on the amount of revenue the business generates.
This was a sensible plan, as currently the local county auditor can bill property taxes at their discretion in one of three ways: best-use rate (the vaue of what the land could be maximized to); past similar transactions (the value of what similar properties sold for recently); or the revenues-generated model.
Unfortunately, state lawmakers caved to the smallest bit of pressure and left the golf course owners to fend for themselves against the local auditors. The language was removed from the final bill before it left committee…