In her New Year 2012 newsletter, Commissioner Emerson gave citizens a warning about a very important land use decision soon to be made.
She explained how this would have given us a way out of the cost associated with the WEAN lawsuit and any others pertaining to AG Critical Areas.
For Island County, “opting in” to the new Ruckelhaus Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP), would mean the lawsuit goes away.
Any future lawsuits would be defended by the State because they give final blessing.
Commissioner Emerson told the truth on the obligation to the county when she said’
“This would not be an unfunded mandate. We would not be required to begin implementing the plan until we receive funding of $150,000 for the first year, $100,000 for years 2 and 3 and there is no penalty for an early opt out.”
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