RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION TO COMMIT LAND USE ROLL BACK TAX COLLECTIONS FOR SUPPORT OF A FAUQUIER COUNTY PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PDR) PROGRAM FOR FUTURE AGRICULTURAL USE 

           WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, in meeting assembled 19 February 2002, adopted a Resolution that endorsed a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program to assure future generations of agricultural land reserves consistent with the heritage and vision of this bucolic County; and

WHEREAS, there is a rational nexus that suggests that roll back taxes should be used to purchase development rights when agricultural and other open lands are converted from qualifying uses under the Virginia Use-Value Taxation Program; and

WHEREAS, the adopted Fauquier County Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 budget validates the commitment of the Board of Supervisors to programs to maintain a critical mass of land for production agriculture and to retain the exceptional visual character for which Fauquier County is widely revered; and

WHEREAS, Federal and State Purchase of Development Rights Programs that require a local cash match exist and are expanding; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 15th day of April 2002, That all funds collected as roll back taxes and penalties in FY 2002 be, and are hereby, committed for creation of a Purchase of Development Rights Program; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the aforesaid funds and all future roll back taxes and penalties be deposited into a PDR Capital Account in the Capital Fund; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That final approval for purchase of development rights on specific properties shall be vested with the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors on recommendation of the County's Agricultural Advisory Committee.