|In August, 2001, Hood River County traded 614 acres to Mt.
Hood Meadows and also paid them over 1 million dollars. The County
received about 786 acres in return. Trades are required to be for
equal value, which requires the County to determine the value of the
property. The County must obtain reports from its assessor's office
and other qualified appraisers that support its determination of the
traded property's value.
State law does not authorize
the County to pay any money for the difference in value between the
properties traded; instead they must be equal. State law also
requires the County to involve the public and follow a specified
Cascade Resources Advocacy Group website for details, documents, and
1. The land swap
received tentative approval before the value of the land had been
2. The land swap received tentative approval prior
to public hearings.
3. The land was evaluated at a very low