In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), different entities are able to certify a special assessment to the County Auditor in order for it to be attached to a property and collected with real estate tax bills. These are items owed by the landowner, such as lawn care or clean up, Muskingum Watershed Conservation District (MWCD) assessments, unpaid sewer or water, etc. All special assessments will have a 1% fee added to the amount due. Once an assessment has been certified to the Auditor, it cannot be removed from the parcel and only the County Treasurer can collect the payment. If the entity is offered payment after certification, it is recommended that the person is directed to the County Treasurer for payment. All special assessments will become liens against the property and will not be removed until paid except in the case of an Auditor’s Sale of the parcel, which clears all delinquent special assessment liens as per RC 5723.12 (B) and (C).
All properties located in the jurisdiction of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) receive benefits related to the performance of the system of reservoirs and dams that reduce flooding and conserve water for public uses. Ohio law details how conservancy districts generate funds for maintenance projects through assessments of property owners. The MWCD Board of Directors approved levying an assessment, the first in its history, in the fall of 2008. MWCD was organized in 1933.
There are six major areas of necessary maintenance in the watershed including:
1. Dam Safety and Flood Reduction
2. Sediment Removal
3. Shoreline Protection
4. Water Quality Improvements
5. Watershed Management
6. Reservoir Operations
Every parcel in the Watershed District was analyzed for special assessment charges. Residential parcels are generally $6 per each group of adjacent parcels. If you have contiguous parcels with multiple assessments, you may want to request an assessment review. Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial parcels are assessed at a different rate. If you feel your parcel has been assessed incorrectly, you may file a Request for Assessment Review Form with the MWCD (link below).
For more information, please click here to go to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District website.