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Policies and Guidelines

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Fall River Mills Planning Unit

Property Tax Neutrality Methodology

On June 27, 2012, the Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors adopted a set of Property Tax Neutrality Methodology guidelines. Prior to its adoption, the Board of Directors considered public comment on the methodology, and made revisions based upon the feedback received. This methodology presents the Stewardship Council’s process for the calculation of in-lieu payments to counties when lands are transferred to entities which are exempt from paying property taxes.

On June 24, 2015, January 21, 2016, and on November 15, 2017 the Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors approved revisions to the Property Tax Neutrality Methodology.

On March 30, 2011 the Stewardship Council's Board of Directors adopted a set of guidelines for the payment of property tax neutrality settlements when lands are transferred under the land conservation commitment. These guidelines address the scenarios under which the Stewardship Council will compensate counties for lost property tax revenues when lands are transferred to organizations which are exempt from paying property taxes.

The Stewardship Council has created a Land Conservation Program Funding Policy to help guide future planning and decision-making regarding funding of the long term management and stewardship of the watershed lands. The Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors adopted the following policy at a public board meeting in Sonora, Calif. on September 17, 2009.