Conservation Futures Program
The Spokane County Conservation Futures Program was conceived in 1994 with the voters approval of an advisory ballot measure authorizing a property tax levy of (up-to) 6.25-cents per $1000 of property value to acquire, preserve, and otherwise protect the Spokane County's open space, streams, rivers, and other natural resources. What does this mean? For a home assessed at $150,000, up to $9.00 per year is assessed and dedicated to the Conservation Futures fund to preserve and enhance Spokane County's quality of life.
Of the total annual of levy revenue generated annually, 15% is dedicated toward maintaining, protecting and enhancing these properties in perpetuity. This translates into improved public access, signage, noxious weed control, and other activities that protect and enhance the public's investment.
As of 2014, the Conservation Futures Program has acquired over 7,000 acres through 30 acquisitions owned and managed by Spokane County, City of Spokane, and City of Cheney.
To see the most current Conservation Futures Prioritized Acquisition List, please click here.
For more information about the Conservation Futures Program, the properties acquired, or how your property may be considered for purchase through the program, please contact:
Paul Knowles at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 477-2188 or
John Bottelli at email@example.com or (509) 477-2529