Current Use Programs

Washington State property tax laws offer significant tax reductions on land used to grow commercial crops or harvestable trees. Referred to as the Current Use Program, the law encourages farmers to continue to use their land for commercial farming operations or for growing trees. The land is valued at its current use value rather than the “highest and best use.”

WAC 458-30-275(3a) After receiving all required documentation, the assessor is allowed up to FIFTEEN calendar days to determine whether the land should retain its classified status or whether the land should be removed from classification as of the date of conveyance.

Spokane Current Use Advisory Committee

This committee provides the assessor advice on typical crops, land quality, and net cash rental assessments to assist the assessor in determining appropriate values.


  • Gary Belsby, Cheney
  • James Ryan, NineMile Falls
  • Lorri Anderson, Spokane Valley
  • David Ostheller, Fairfield
  • Deborra McGourin, Spangle
  • Greg Riddle, Mead
  • David Simpson, Cheney
  • Randy Emtman, Valleyford