Installment Payment Program is approved
A Washington County agricultural land preservation program no longer includes a provision that drew concern from the state.
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the Installment Payment Program without the provision.
The program allows the county to purchase permanent preservation easements, but pay for them over 10 years. The county also will pay interest.
The state, which prefers permanent easements, had expressed concern over a proposed provision in the program that would have given property owners the ability to buy back the development rights of the land after 25 years.
State and federal funding for agricultural land preservation "would likely be dramatically curtailed or eliminated" if the provision were included in the program, according to information provided by the county earlier this month.