The Jefferson County Commission passed a transfer tax increase Thursday that will generate about $600,000 a year to preserve farmland in the county.
Given rapidly rising land prices in Jefferson County, it will be a challenge to save farmland with that amount of money, said Commission President Jane Tabb, a Leetown, W.Va., dairy farmer who worked on the county's new farmland protection plan.
"It's going to be really tough," Tabb said.
Commissioner Greg Corliss said at least it is a "foot in the door."
On Thursday, the commissioners voted 4-1 to increase the transfer tax to the maximum allowable rate of $6.60 per $1,000 of property value. The county was receiving about $4.40 per $1,000 of land value.