Who could forget this statement made by former Island County Commissioner John Dean?
“I have friends who are deputies and friends who are Beach Watchers therefore, I must treat them equally in this budget.”
Unfortunately what taxpayers may not realize is that environmental protection programs ARE a higher priority than protecting Island County residents from criminal activity. Evidence of that is the new taxing district created by former Island County Commissioners John Dean, Angie Homola, and current Commissioner Helen Price-Johnson.
There are ten programs that fall under the Clean Water Utility District, and NINE of those programs are for environmental protection. One program is related to Stormwater drainage and the goal is to install and/or repair drainage projects outside the right-of-way. Forty-two percent of the Clean Water Utility tax revenue is earmarked for this program. In tax dollar terms that percentage equates to $121,800 for 2012 and in 2013 that amount is increased to $378,000 because the revenue is expected to increase from $290,000 in 2013 to $900,000 in 2014. In other words your “utility” taxes went UP by 51 percent for 2014 through 2017.
What is really questionable is why taxpayers are getting fleeced by this new taxing district when TWO other funds exist that are related to storm water and drainage? The Storm Water Utility Fund’s projected revenue for 2013 is $24,400, and the Capital Drainage Fund’s revenue is $815,500.
2013 and 2014 Capital Improvement Projects (click on the images to enlarge)
Island County Sheriff Deputies are NOT treated equally compared to environmental protection programs thanks to John Dean, Angie Homola, and Helen Price-Johnson. Island County taxpayers must demand better prioritization from our current board of commissioners.
Island voters are facing a ballot measure to provide adequate funding for Law and Justice, and that self-inflicted tax increase is going to be painful. IF our current commissioners are really serious about funding Law and Justice by means of this ballot measure, wouldn’t it be nice if they in turn demonstrated compassion for their over taxed constituents by eliminating redundant programs like stormwater drainage and rolling back Clean Water Utility taxes in exchange?