In a word, YES! Why? I want to continue to hear coyotes and owls at dusk, and have the opportunity to watch a sunrise over sagebrush or from the riverbank, now and in the future. I love seeing the delight and wonder in a grade-school student’s eyes when spotting a lizard on a field trip to ‘the desert,’ now and in the future. I believe in maintaining and increasing public access to outdoor recreational opportunities, whether that be birdwatching, hiking, hunting, camping, horseback riding or other endeavors, now and in the future. I believe in the very real need to attain a balance between the open space we currently have and the high rate of development in Benton County, now and in the future. I believe the conservation tax is a small price to pay to ensure open space will be available, not only for us, but more importantly for our children and our grandchildren, now and in the future. Yes, I am in favor of the tax.
— KAREN SOWERS, Richland