As one of the many people who climbed Badger Mountain last year, I can attest to its popularity. No matter when I’m there, the trail is being used — by young and old, by walkers, runners and bike riders. It’s a wonderful resource for our community as many Thankful Thursday letter writers have indicated.
We now have the opportunity to provide funding for more recreation sites like Badger Mountain. Proposition 14-7 on the November ballot is an advisory vote recommending that Benton County Commissioners establish a conservation futures fund. Money in the fund can be used to acquire land from willing sellers to create parks and trails, and to protect open space, habitat and water quality. Furthermore, these funds will be available to match other grant funding, thereby multiplying our investment.
The average household would pay about $12 a year in property taxes. In return we would see more of Benton County’s natural resources protected not only for our own recreational purposes but also for all the generations to come. What a wonderful legacy to leave.
Please vote yes on Proposition 14-7.