March 5, 2014 The Honorable Tom Daly Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 State Capitol, Room 4166 Sacramento, CA 95814 The Honorable Richard Roth Chair, Senate Budget Subcommittee #4 State Capitol, Room 4034 Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: Williamson Act Subvention Payments
Dear Assembly Member Daly and Senator Roth: On behalf of the undersigned, we are writing to urge you to support funding for The California Land Conservation Act (Williamson Act) Subvention payments to counties and cities pursuant to Government Code Section 16140. The Gove
rnor’s proposed Budget
contains a token $1,000.00 for county and city subvention payments. The Williamson Act is a state established program that preserves agricultural and open space lands through property tax incentives and voluntary restrictive use contracts. Private landowners, in exchange for lower property taxes, enter into rolling 10 or 20 year contractual commitments with participating counties and cities to keep their land in agricultural and/or compatible open space use. The Williamson Act has been very effective, protecting over 16.5 million acres or nearly one-third of all privately owned land in California.