The county gives landowners tax breaks for property in agricultural, forestall, horticultural and open space use. Fauquier’s board of supervisors for decades has offered the program as an incentive to support farming and to help discourage residential development, which typically costs more in services than homes provide in taxes.
Of the county’s 34,128 real estate parcels, 3,703 qualify for “land use,” according to Commissioner of Revenue Eric Maybach.
The qualifying property has a total fair market value of $1.35 billion.
All property owners pay fair market value taxes on their homes and homesites up to one acre.
Landowners this year must file documentation with Mr. Maybach’s office by Oct. 28 to qualify for the program.