Are there preferential property tax programs for farmland?

Yes.  Farms that are being commercially farmed may benefit from reduced property taxes that are based on the current use as agriculture instead of highest and best use.  To be eligible, the landowner must meet certain criteria as specified in Washington State rules and code:  RCW 84.34 and WAC 458.30.  The SJC Assessor oversees compliance with the program.  More information on property tax programs is available at www.sanjuanco.com/assessor, or contact the San Juan County Assessor at 360-378-2172.

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1. How can I protect my farmland?
2. Are there preferential property tax programs for farmland?
3. Are there refulations that restrict development or certain uses on farmland? Where can I find out more?
4. Where can I get guidance on farm management options?
5. Where can I get a farm plan? What is needed for a farm plan?
6. Where can I get local foods?