Hearings for MWCD exception filings to be extended
February 16, 2011
New hearing dates will be assigned for property owners who have filed exceptions to the Subsequent Appraisal Record recently filed by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).
The MWCD Conservancy Court previously scheduled court hearings for property owners filing exceptions in the 18 counties of the MWCD’s jurisdiction. Hearings were scheduled to begin March 9. Property owners who filed exceptions do not need to appear for the originally scheduled hearing date.
In order to provide adequate time for individual cases to be heard, the Court has ordered that all property owners filing exceptions will receive two notices by regular mail from the Clerk of the Conservancy Court. The first notice will inform all exceptors that they will receive a new hearing date and that they need not appear for the originally scheduled date. The second notice will inform exceptors of the date, time and place of their individual hearing.
The MWCD Board of Appraisers filed the Subsequent Appraisal Record with the Conservancy Court on Jan. 20, affecting about 2 percent of the nearly 700,000 tracts of property in the MWCD region (less than 15,000 total tracts). The information from the update will be used to calculate the appropriate annual assessment amount collected by the MWCD from benefited property owners and assures that the assessment is applied in a fair and equitable manner.
This routine update impacts only properties that were not appraised in the MWCD’s original appraisal of benefits and properties for which there is updated information.
The Subsequent Appraisal Record, which describes all of the parcels affected, the amount of benefits appraised and the amount of estimated yearly assessments, was filed with the Conservancy Court Clerk, in the office of the Tuscarawas County Clerk of Courts. Copies of the Subsequent Appraisal Record for each county are on file in the offices of the Clerk of Courts of Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Washington and Wayne counties.
MWCD also has placed the Subsequent Appraisal Record on its website at /conservation/assessment/check-your-assessment, where individual owners can review the estimated annual assessment related to their properties. The Clerk of Court’s web address is:
The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $8 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. The reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the USACE.
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