In a word, yes.
In a few more words: I’m not typically enthusiastic about a new tax, but I can say sincerely that I will have no problem paying this one, not only because it is small as taxes go (about $12 per year for the average Benton County homeowner), but also because I look upon the “conservation tax” as an investment. There will be tangible evidence of the effect of this investment as new parks/trails/preserves are established. The enormous popularity of the Badger Mountain preserve and trails (more than 200,000 visits last year) is indicative of the need for more such outdoor recreation opportunities. With the investment in the conservation fund, county residents will ensure that some of our most scenic and special areas will not only be here for us in the present, but also for the generations to come.
As former Commissioner Leo Bowman said, Prop 14-7 is a legacy building opportunity. Let’s create that legacy for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all those who come after us. It’s our county and our future. I’m voting yes on Prop 14-7.