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By Darlene Johnson
Klickitat County Assessor 

Farm value increases not as drastic

Letter to the Editor

 


To the Editor:

I understand the concern that many people have voiced about the increases in farmland values. A double digit increase in taxes is the last thing that anyone wants to have happen to them. However, the increase isn’t as drastic as it may sound. Nearly two thirds of the county is valued as Grazing/Support Land, and the current use values of these lands are significantly lower than the true and fair value of these lands, because these values are so low even a small dollar increase can lead to a “double digit” increase.

For example, the largest classification is 4G Grazing Support Land that had been assessed at $6.80 an acre. This value is going up to $8 an acre, an increa...



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