How do you justify taking land off the tax rolls?

Public land is a huge benefit for the county in that it:

  1. Preserves the island’s character, and gives us places to go.
  2. Plays a key role in keeping us competitive in the real estate market.
  3. Helps maintain our property values.
  4. Is the underlying driver of our tourism/service businesses.
  5. Does not create a need for additional taxes as does development (EMS/hospital/schools/roads/library/fire district).

If all Land Bank property were taxed, and the tax rate was lowered as a result, the savings to property owners would be roughly $2 per $100,000 in value. The Land Bank owns roughly 4,000 acres, or 3.7% of the County’s total land area.

Also, over 75% of properties purchased by the Land Bank were already in preferred tax categories. For example, 1,575-acre Turtleback Mountain was in Designated Forest Land (DFL) and the previous owners paid less than $1,000/year in property taxes.

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1. How much land does the Land Bank own?
2. How do you justify taking land off the tax rolls?
3. When will you be done? How much conserved land is enough?
4. Can Land Bank funding be used for other types of community efforts?
5. What is a conservation easement?
6. How/when was the Land Bank established?
7. Does the Land Bank buy land and "lock it up" so people can't use it?
8. What is the difference between the Land Bank and the Preservation Trust?
9. Can I hunt on Land Bank property?
10. What is the "drone" policy on Land Bank Preserves?