I would venture to say the audience that Ms. Homola was speaking to was a collection of local government employees/elected officials dependent on taxpayer dollars and that is why she received applause.
The votors were quite clear in the soundly defeated property tax increase that was included in the past election.
Apparently Ms. Homola and the rest of the county commissioners are blind to the fact that a clear majority of Island County voters want the county to fund basic services and not to fund most of the feel good programs that our county has saddled us with.
I would suggest that if these programs need to be funded that they look to the public at large to make donations to keep them floating. Our property taxes have for years been used to fund many programs that benefit small interest groups and not the public at large. Let the people pay for these programs instead of the property tax payers.
Does it make sense that the county commissioners are defunding the sheriffs office to preserve many of these feel good programs?
The sheriffs office is a critical service to Island County taxpayers and here we have our commissioners cutting the budget for this critical service preserving money for items that clearly are not essential services.
It is time that we find county commissioners who are more in tune with the people of Island County and the wishes of the majority of the citizens