As of Thursday, February 12, 2015
A proposal by Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside that would add a property assessment to fund water projects received support this past Tuesday from the Roza Irrigation District board of directors.
During the board’s regular monthly meeting, District Manager Scott Revell said Roza staff testified in Olympia on behalf of Honeyford’s SB 5628 last month.
The Roza board agreed on Tuesday to lend its weight to the bill, as well.
The proposal, which still needs approval in the state Senate and a companion bill in the House, would ask voters to consider adding a new property assessment that would be added to their property tax bills.
The annual assessment, ranging from $35 for a city residential lot to $500 for non-residential parcels greater than 10 acres, would fund water, storm water and flood plain improvements.
Revell said the money could also benefit the Yakima Basin integrated plan that would improve water storage for future irrigation needs and fish habitat.
He noted tree fruit growers also testified in favor of Honeyford’s bill, while the Farm Bureau was neutral and cattlemen opposed it.
In his support for SB 5628, Revell said he reminded the legislature that “…if they look around the kitchen they’ll find food from our valley.”