MWCD pays nearly $280,000 in real estate taxes in 2008

October 22, 2008

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) paid nearly $280,000 in real estate taxes this year on properties it owns in 14 counties in the Muskingum River Watershed.

In a report provided to the MWCD Board of Directors during a recent meeting, the conservancy district reported it has paid county governments nearly $1.8 million in property taxes since 2002.

MWCD pays real estate taxes on its land that is leased or used for commercial or residential purposes, including marinas and cottage sites at nine reservoirs.

Carroll County received the highest amount of taxes from the MWCD during 2008, with a bill of $104,850 for the year. Since 2002, the MWCD has paid Carroll County nearly $700,000 ($692,932) in real estate taxes. The real estate taxes for Carroll County include Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center, which is owned by the MWCD and is one of the county's largest employers.

Richland ($42,764), Harrison ($37,329), Tuscarawas ($28,154) and Ashland ($27,212) counties round out the top five amounts paid by the MWCD to area counties in 2008. Other counties that received real estate tax dollars from the MWCD for properties owned by the conservancy district are Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Knox, Medina, Muskingum, Noble, Stark and Wayne.

The MWCD manages more than 54,000 acres of property in the watershed, including about 38,000 acres of land and 16,000 acres of water. Several decades ago the conservancy district owned more than 100,000 acres of property but has disposed of land it considers non-essential, in most cases returning it to private ownership subject to real estate taxes.

The MWCD was formed 75 years ago in 1933 to develop a plan to reduce flooding and provide water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed. Its planning led to the construction of 14 reservoirs and dams that have saved property owners an estimated $7 billion worth of potential property damage since their construction, according to estimates from the federal government.

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Darrin Lautenschleger
Public Information Administrator
Toll-free: (877) 363-8500


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