The total annual cost of the Program is slightly more than $3 million. The bulk of funding comes from general property taxpayers and commercial apple and pear growers in the Program’s service area. Growers pay through parcel taxes levied on a per acre basis. General taxpayers (including growers) pay taxes toward the Program based on the assessed value of their land.
The parcel tax continues to be set at $139.26 per acre (same since 2010). More information about parcel taxes and determination of orchard status go to our Current Tax Rate section.
When the program first started, senior government provided funding to the SIR Program. That funding ended in 2007.
The SIR Programs audited financial statements are available here: Financial Statements.