The major responsibilities of the Historic Preservation Commission are to identify and actively encourage the conservation of Pasco’s historic resources by reviewing National Register properties applying for Special Tax Valuation; to raise community awareness of Pasco’s history and historic resources; and to serve as the City of Pasco’s primary resource in matters of history, historic planning, and preservation.
Special Tax Valuation During its 1985 session, the Washington State Legislature passed a law that allows a special tax valuation for qualifying historic properties within the state. The primary benefit of the law is that during the 10-year special valuation period, property taxes will not reflect substantial improvements made to the property.
Any proposed changes to properties benefiting from the special tax valuation, or designed as historic landmarks or districts on the Pasco Register of Historic Places requires review by the City of Pasco Historic Preservation Commission and the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Members Commissioners serving on the Historic Preservation Commission (in order of position) are:
Commissioner Malin Bergstrom
Commission Chair Dan Stafford
Commissioner Marilynn Baker
Commissioner Tom Brandon
Commissioner Devi Tate
Meets as necessary at 5:15 pm on the second Wednesday of the month
The City is always interested in recruiting candidates with experience and/or training in architecture, history, architectural history, planning, prehistoric and historic archaeology, folklore, cultural anthropology, curatorship, conservation, landscape architecture, or related disciplines to the Historic Preservation Commission.