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Property taxes are interesting. I find it interesting that a person with a pile of money can avoid contributing to the property tax pot by moving into the Affinity complex behind the Plaza Safeway. The owners of that $9,000,000 property pay exactly $00.00 property tax. Figure that one out! I would like a break like that on the 3K+ in taxes I pay on my $230,000 property! Take into consideration all of the Housing Authority and BMAC properties, along with government, church owned and other exempt properties (including many, but not all of Whitman College's holdings and there are not many of us left to pay the bills.
Sorry, but I am not interested in feeding the tax pig any more than I am.
"We have to pass the bill so that we know what is in it!"
There should have been a third choice of "Who cares?" The people who use it are going to continue legal or not, and if the legal sources are too expensive, they will go back to their old sources. Legalization is not likely to cause non users to start. Experiment maybe, but more? Probably not.
As I recall, Mr. Dumont stated in an earlier UB article, that no matter the increased tax to build a new water park of any kind a general fund subsidy would be required to operate it. At least long term.
So...... What general fund expense are you willing to give up to get a pool or water park? Cops, fire, streets, library, parks? Pick one!
So is it not true that in those countries where higher education is free for the asking that income tax rates are 60% or so? And if so, is that not a burden on the entire society and therefore dragging down all instead of just those who elect to go to college? I know of a great many people with high school educations who entered the trades and made a much better living than many of those who went the extra four or more years of higher education.
9000cfs? At the time I write this, Mill Creek is under 140 CFS, and the Walla walla River is below 1100cfs. 9000 CFS is almost one third of the current flow of the Snake past Anatone right now. What is his plan, to divert the Snake into Walla Walla? This is not thinking outside the box, it is somewhere in hyperspace, especially when there are so many other issues that need to be addressed!
Wow! It happened so fast! I was afraid that the legalization of marijuana would lead to thoughts like this. Hey, Allen! How about applying your time, talents, and engineering skills to fixing a few of the rutted wagon paths people laughingly refer to as "streets" before we start on creating a new Venice or San Antonio. The folks that come to town are not looking for canals, and they really do not like to have the alignment of their Lexus, Mercedes or BMW altered by our potholes and crumbling pavement!
A good place to start would be by electing the ones who will actually show up for the scheduled meetings. Along with that, a discussion should be started regarding term limits. (On a state and national level as well!)
The cost of those signs and the advertising is minuscule when compared to the overall cost of the projects. Can you imagine the outcry if people were not made aware of what was underway?
I am very happy that the work is being done! The little bit of inconvenience due to the constuction will be well worth the benefits we will see this fall when construction is over! Sounds to me like some people don't have enough to complain or worry about.
The "once-thriving retail hub"? Did I miss that part or something because I sure did not see it out there! Sears and Shopko were the only thing that held it together, and you still had to go to the tricities to buy anything even slightly special or out of the ordinary.
I do however, wish the new owners the best in their redevolopment endeavors. I hope that the new facility can maintain better than the fifty percent occupancy rates of the old Blue Mountain Mall, and look forward to seeing our urban "bomb crater" cleaned up as soon as possible!
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