Overview of Debate
The 480a Forest Tax Law began in 1974. It lowers property taxes on forest land by exempting a percentage of the enrolled acreage’s assessed value from taxation, lowering the property’s assessed value. Because the assessed value is lower, the amount of tax owed is also reduced.
The purpose of this website is to provide people with information, helping them create an informed opinion on the proposed changes. There are three types of information on our website: 1) background information, 2) stakeholder perspectives and 3) official positions from various organizations with an interest in forests and open space.