OLYMPIA – Legislation to reinstate a property tax exemption for farmers markets operating in churches and nonprofits was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Legislature created an exception in 2010, allowing churches and certain nonprofits to host farmers markets without taking a property tax hit, but it expired at the end of 2020. Senate Bill 5505, sponsored by Sen. Christine Roles (D-Bainbridge Island) reinstates the exemption.

“Farmers markets provide opportunities for commerce, creativity and community, and I’m pleased we could find a fast, bipartisan solution to give these markets certainty as we enter spring and summer,” Rolfes said.

Several markets from Poulsbo to Friday Harbor expressed concern over the tax changes and told Crosscut they were worried about communities losing access to fresh produce.

The legislation received unanimous support in the Senate and House and will take effect this year.