Aug 11, 2017 | Daily Record~
Kittitas County and other Eastern Washington counties will see a boost of state funding next year thanks to a coalition of groups that sought compensation for state land.
Local officials have been seeking a larger share of payment in lieu of tax funding for several years for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land, according to a news release from Kittitas County. Because the lands are managed by the state for habitat and recreation, local governments are unable to collect local property tax for government services and schools.
This year, the Legislature agreed to increase the payments statewide by a little more than $1 million per year beginning in 2018. Prior to this year, the payments had not increased in the state’s budget since 2009.
Kittitas County Commissioner Paul Jewell, who helped lead the lobbying effort, said the additional funding is a great start. (READ MORE)