Most Knox County Ohio residents will see a very small $12 annual increase in their real estate taxes in 2009. The slight increase is being added as an assessment to help fund the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The $12 annual fee will be billed semi annually and will be built into your real estate taxes and it sounds like it will be listed on your tax bill as an assessment.
Knox County has 22 townships and 21 of them will be included in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. Hilliard township is the only township that will be exampt and my understanding is that this is because it is located in the southern most part of Knox County. The $12 fee applies to resididential, agricultural and vacant coded property according to Tom Fisher. Tom also informed me that indistrial and commercial property will see an assessment also but the fee structure will be different than the $12.
This upcoming assessement will be important for Knox County property owners when it comes time to sell their property because our Ohio residential property disclosure form has a question pertaining to tax assessments. I believe this will become an issue that requires seller disclosure for residential property owners when they list and sell their property.