When Washington State passed the law mandating the control of noxious weeds, it gave counties only 2 ways to fund the work. They could compete for general fund money, or they could put a special, dedicated fee on property. In 1984, after years of competing for decreasing funds through the County's general fund, the Weed Board received approval from the County Commissioners to put a small assessment on parcels in Spokane County. It is not a tax, it is a regulatory fee for a service that is available to all landowners and it cannot be imposed selectively.
Everyone benefits when noxious weeds are controlled. Prevention of new infestations is a top priority for the Spokane County Noxious Weed Control Board.