King County Proposition 1 will appear on the November general election ballot.
KING COUNTY, Wash – King County voters will decide on a proposed property tax increase to restore funding for the conservation program.
King County Proposition 1 will appear on the 11th general election ballot. If approved by voters, it would restore the 2023 conservation futures tax rate to 6.25 cents each. $1,000 of assessed value, or an estimated $21.75 per year.
The tax increase would cost the owner of an average home $2 less per month, according to the office of King County Dow Constantine CEO.
The program now generates about half of the revenue originally authorized by voters because of state restrictions on annual property tax growth. King County currently collects just over 3 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value.
The tax increase will fully restore funding to the Conservation Futures Program. The Future program preserves open spaces, urban green spaces, trails, natural lands, rivers, farmland and forests.
The tax increase will boost the Land Conservation Initiative, which aims to protect 65,000 acres of vacant land over 30 years, according to information previously provided by Constantine’s office.
More than 100,000 acres of open space have been protected since King County began participating in the Preserve the Future in 1982. Some of the areas that benefit from the program include Cougar Mountain Wildlife Park, Sammamish River Trail and Olympic Sculpture Park. See a map of sponsored property benefits here.
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https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/elections/king-county-property-tax-increase-conservation-program/281-2e8d5ba2-ef9c-43ef-b4b8-dcb2a66f548d What is King County Proposition 1 in 2022 general election?