Environmental Protection Programs versus Law and Justice

Author:Ken Wolf

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?

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3 comments

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    “Island County Sheriff Deputies are NOT treated equally compared to environmental protection programs thanks to John Dean, Angie Homola, and Helen Price-Johnson.”

    Right on target Ken and don’t forget the same Commissiners actions when the Department of Emergency management was to be transferred to the Sherifff’s Department/budget but at the last minute it was put under control of the Commissioners where it has grown to be a significant cost item that produces nothing of real value for the safety of County Citizens, i.e.
    *Department of Emergency Management, $318,000, transfer this to Sheriff?. What has this department done of value during the recent Ledgewood landside emergency crisis or any of the other serious emergencies we have encountered the past 5 years

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      Too bad our previous commissioners were not smart enough to CONSOLIDATE or STREAMLINE within local government. Their “it’s my rice bowl” mentality” concerning Emergency Management is costing tax dollars that could be used more efficently.

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    Unfortunately we all will have to suffer with all the crap that John Dean,Angie Homola and Helen Price-Johnson have introduced into the system long after they are gone as we will with obamacare and all the other crap Obama will implement . These progressive socialists structure this stuff to take effect long after they are gone as to not harm their legacy and when their socialists policies fail,their name won’t be attached…Keep a watchful eye on these political foes and their progressive socialistic agenda

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