Yes on Proposition 14-7 reaps a huge bang for voters’ precious bucks. It’s a simple, foolproof way to preserve parkland, open space, agricultural land and wildlife. It creates a true legacy for our children to enjoy nature at its best (think Badger Mountain).
Through a property tax of 6.25 cents/$1000 of a Benton County home’s assessed value (that’s $12.50 per year for a $200K residence), funds will accumulate to acquire land as it becomes available — to build and improve walking, hiking and biking trails, and to preserve places where we and our kids can enjoy an outdoor experience.
This fund also makes Benton County eligible for matching state and federal monies (13 of Washington’s 39 counties have already done this). It’s fiscally responsible, with revenue and expenditures audited annually. The fund sunsets after 10 years. Vote YES on 14-7!
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— KATHY DECHTER, Richland