WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing today to decide which local farms will be able to sell preservation easements to the state this year.
The public hearing will be at 11 a.m. during the County Commissioners' regular weekly meeting.
Residents will be allowed to comment on a list of 25 farms that the county has ranked as most eligible for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.
Every year, under the farmland preservation program, the state buys easements from local farm owners. Under the easements, landowners are paid a sum of money in exchange for restricting development on the properties forever.
The state will spend $2.01 million on easements in Washington County this year under the program. The county will contribute $1.34 million to the purchases out of the agricultural transfer tax fund.