We in Benton County are blessed with some of the most striking natural features of any place in the world. Geologic activity formed our world-class ridges and created soil superb for growing crops. Combine these two factors and we have an unbeatable opportunity to make our community one of the best places to live for generations to come.
If, along with smart development, we can protect our rural landscape, preserve some of our most special open space, and provide recreational access we will thrive on at least four fronts: attract large hike/bike/kayak events; link with wine touring; promote locally grown food; and, involve the whole community in creating a healthy, active lifestyle.
To do this we need to vote for Prop. 14-7 which will give us a Conservation Futures fund, the dollars critical to preserve our region’s world class features. County-run, a modest property tax, annual audits, a 10-year sunset, only willing sellers, opportunities for farmers, attracting state and federal dollars that go now to other counties, all will work to protect our rural landscape, preserve our best open space and provide highly desired recreational access. Let’s leave one of the best legacies we could do for our children and grandchildren and the generations to come. Vote for Prop. 14-7!
— SHARON GRANT, Richland