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Tuolumne County Will Continue To Administer Williamson Act

Sonora, CA — Despite Governor Schwarzenegger’s cutting funding for the Williamson Act, the Tuolumne County Supervisors have decided to keep the program running in its current form through at least the current fiscal year.

The state program has paid local governments for property taxes lost when jurisdictions enter contracts with landowners to preserve farmland in exchange for lower tax assessments.

It will cost the county $94,357, as there are currently 94,357 acres that qualify for Open Space Subvention funds from the state. The payment to Tuolumne County has been $1.00 per acre.

1st District Supervisor Liz Bass cast the lone vote against funding the program with local dollars, as it passed 4-1. The Supervisors also voted to send a letter to the Governor urging him to fund the Williamson Act in future budgets.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.