At Mondays Commissioners meeting the Island County Commissioners removed the law and justice levy from this Novembers ballot by a 3-0 vote.
Many months of hard work by staff, many hours of involvement by the public and much time and treasure spent by the county to bring this to the ballot and in the end this levy is removed from the ballot.
At a time when the trust we have in our local government is at a low point we have Commissioners that obviously did not do the basic homework required to think this issue through before involving the public and our public funds in this effort.
The lone voice in the commissioners office that was against this levy was shut out, removed from her chair and ostracized for attempting to do what is right by the people and get the facts to the people. These same facts are the reasons that the levy was removed from the ballot. Many hundreds of hours of citizens involvement in 3 public meetings was wasted and precious taxpayer dollars were thrown to the wind in this attempt.
This is not the type of governance that Island County needs, this was governance based on a false needs, false hopes, false wishes and the desire to place politics over sound judgment. Some of the Commissioners will attempt to politicize this and use this as some sort of evidence that they are respectful of the taxpayer dollars and crow about how they have resolved this issue without going to the taxpayers. Sorry Commissioners, the damage is done, time and money was wasted and citizens are losing hope that the people we have elected to be our public servants have the common sense to think things through before spending our county’s time and resources.
I know a lot of Island County Citizens are happy that this levy is not going to be placed on the ballot. The immediate chance that more taxpayer dollars are going to be pried from our pockets is a relief to some but keep in mind what these amateur attempts to place this on the ballot has cost the citizens not only in time but in money and trust.
Our citizens deserve better…
Tags: Island County Commissioner Helen Price-Johnson, Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson, Island County Law and Justice Levy, Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown