This is at least the third time there has been a suggestion that the Langley Fair and Greenbank Farm money pits should be merged to improve utilization of Greenbank Farm property and help solve the current negative cash flow problems for both properties that frustrate County tax payers.
And again we hear a new batch of pretzel logic reasons why of this merger can’t be done
Why? Because . when the fairgrounds property was transferred to the county a contingency was placed on future disposition of the land that gave residents in the South Whidbey School District boundary final say. DUH?
Ron Nelson, Executive Director, County Economic Development Council, stated, “I’m confident they wouldn’t want to see the property sold and fair moved.”
If Island County Fairgrounds Strategic Plan fails to be approved, and County had no funds to improve the Fair Grounds property, then one alternative would be to do nothing; just let it become 12acres of open space and if the School district residents don’t like it then let them pony up the funds for whatever they can want and can afford.
There’s no rational supporting any plan for that property for the wants and benefits of those residents and then expect all Island County tax payers to willingly pay for it!