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Open Space Land Public Benefit Rating System

If the county legislative authority has established a public benefit rating system for the Open Space classification, the criteria contained within the rating system shall govern the eligibility of the lands described in each application filed for that classification and the current use valuation of that land.

When a county creates a benefit rating system, all current use applications will be rated under the new system. A parcel that no longer qualifies for classification will not be removed from classification, but will be rated according to the rating system. The owner, within thirty days after receiving notification of the new value established by the public benefit rating system, may request removal of classification of such parcel without application of the additional tax or penalty.

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