A series of special meetings of the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board was held in August to review recent submittals for Conservation Futures funding. A grant round for this funding was announced in May and closed on July 19th 2013. Funding for this grant round comes from Snohomish County’s recent bond sale with $25 million available for Conservation Futures purchases.
Recommendations for the funding by the Board have been forwarded to the County Executive for transmittal to the County Council for final action. Council is expected to review the recommendations in mid-September.
The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program was started in 1988 as a way to distribute Conservation Futures Property Tax Funds as authorized by RCW 84.34.230. The purpose of this funding is to acquire interests or rights in real property for the preservation of open space, farm and agricultural land, and timber land per SCC 4.14.010. These resources are available through the County’s authority to levy up to six and one-quarter cents per thousand dollars on all taxable property within the County for the purpose of acquiring open space.
Distribution of funds is made available through a competitive process that is overseen by the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (CFPAB).
The CFPAB makes annual recommendations to the Council for projects to be funded while also developing strategic, long-range plans for the program. Recommendations from the CFPAB are forwarded to the County Executive for transmittal to the County Council for final action.
The CFPAB consists of the County Executive (or designee); two members of County Council; one elected official selected by all cities & towns whose population base, independently, is 10,000 or greater; one elected official selected by all cities and towns whose population base, independently, is less than 10,000; and two members representing citizens of Snohomish County. Board members serve 4-year terms.
Since 1988 approximately $80 million has been used to acquire land or easements throughout the county.
For more information, contact 425-388-6622 or 425-388-6616.
Past meeting minutes: