Northwest NEWS

September 23, 2002

Features

Cut property taxes and save salmon

King County offers tax breaks to property owners who voluntarily protect and conserve land and water resources on their property.
   In return for conserving natural areas such as freshwater streams and wetlands, landowners may qualify for a property tax deduction through the Public Benefit Rating System (PBRS). The reduction in assessed land value can be 50 to 90 percent for the portion of land participating in the Public Benefit Rating System.
   The Wednesday, Oct. 2 workshop will address conservation options for property owners in the Snoqualmie River watershed, including those living along Cherry Creek, Harris Creek, Griffin Creek and the Tolt River. The meeting will be held in the Carnation City Council Chambers at 4621 Tolt Avenue (State Route 203), Carnation, from 7- 9 p.m.
   For further information, contact Paul Racette of WSU at (206) 205-3171 or paul.racette@metrokc.gov. For more information on PBRS, visit the King County's Web site at http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/lands/incentiv.htm.