The Carroll County Times reported today that the Carroll County Commissioners voted to preserve 857 acres in the county under its critical farms program and will be reimbursed by the state. The properties had been identified for easement preservation under the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation. The state, according to the sellers, was taking too long, so the county stepped in and offered to make the purchase.
The purchases come on the heels of the county announcing it would lay off 18 employees and leave 44 positions unfilled in order save $3 million annually.
Commissioner Dean Minnich, in an interview after the commissioner’s meeting, said the cost of preserving the land saves the county money compared to what it would cost if the land was developed.
“The cost of not doing farm preservation 10, 15, 20 years from now, would be devastating to residential tax payers,” Minnich said.