Growth Management

Representative Joe Schmick on Hirst and the Last Day of Session!

In what may be the biggest attack on our property rights in my lifetime, the Legislature was unable to come to an agreement on a fix to allow rural landowners access to water via permit exempt wells.  Despite a 105-day regular session and three, 30-day special sessions, many rural landowners in our state will not have access to water and will see their investments decimated and their dreams shattered.  At the same time, many other property owners will see their property taxes go up as a result of the impending property tax shift.

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