Property Tax Assessment and Conservation: Hearing Today

Jason Chambers at the King Conservation District asked me to let you know about a hearing today on its re-assesstment authorization. The hearing is from 4-6 pm at the Mercer Island Library, and it’s one of a series of 6 hearings concerning the conservation district’s assessment re-authorization.

Bird horses

What is the conservation district’s assessment re-authorization, you ask? Well, it’s a conservation organization that “provides conservation information and technical assistance programs to all landowners within the district’s boundaries (most of King County ) on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. It provides grants for conservation projects and programs, and initiates community outreach activities including workshops, education programs, site visits, farm plans, and consultation on land, water and wildlife management.”

You can find info and a video on their website, which is where I got the photos above.

What it costs is a $10 per parcel/ per year assessment within most of King County. That assessment expires this year and they’re planning to renew it. If you’ve got any comments, go to the library and tell them what you think. To me it sounds like a cheap price for a good cause. And according to the revenue pie from their slideshow, they need it:

King-conservation-district-revenue-structure

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One response to “Property Tax Assessment and Conservation: Hearing Today

  1. Conservation is certainly a worthwhile cause. A few things to think about if money is how we’re measuring things:

    1. Green spaces provides services that we have to pay for once they’re gone: filtering pollutants, lowering summer temperatures, raising property value, for starters.

    2. NYTimes today reports that estimated deaths due to climate change is 300,000 and sea-level-rising refugees, increasing the need for international aid.

    3. Dependence on oil as opposed to alternative fuels increases our presence in the Middle East, leading to trillions of dollars of military spending.

    There’s more, of course, but the important thing here is that any money spent on wise conservation efforts will probably only save us money in the long term.

    Keep up the good work, MercerIslandBlogger!

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