Types of Property Tax Valuation
If you are a landowner, you have an option to lower your property taxes under “open-space” valuation. These are not “exemptions” as they are commonly called, but special valuations that result in your land being taxed on its productivity value rather than its market value. There are three types of open-space valuation: 1) agricultural; 2) timber; and 3) ecological laboratory (EcoLab). To qualify for agricultural and timber use, the property must have been used primarily for one of those purposes for at least 5 of the preceding 7 years. There is no minimum acreage requirement unless your property was reduced in size the previous year.
Under agricultural valuation, your land can receive a reduced “valuation” that affects your property taxes for activities within approved categories.