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I couldn't agree more with your assessment of the 'advertising' about the street repairs.
As you may recall, the voting public approved an increase in sales tax to fund these repairs. The ballot measure read follows and was approved by 3,919 YES votes to 2,473 NO votes on February 14, 2012.
The Walla Walla City Transportation Benefit District Board adopted Resolution TBD-2011-04 concerning a sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of up to two tenths of one percent (0.002) to be collected from all taxable retail sales and uses within the district in accordance with RCW 82.14.0455 for a term of ten years for the purpose of paying the costs of transportation improvements identified in section 2 of the resolution. Should this proposition be approved?
Information regarding traffic diversions is appreciated and applauded; however, I believe the voting public deserves the major credit for the repair of the potholes since they are the ones who approved the tax to repair the streets!
The Walla Walla City Council could have gained so much credibility with the public by paying the bond down. Unfortunately, the City Manager and the City Council are not exercising much vision for the future of Walla Walla or they would NOT jeopardize future bond proposals with this decision. This is a very short-sighted move on their part.
I'm certain the utilization of 'leftover' school bond funds for projects other than those identified in the bond proposal is a major reason the school district is having a difficult passing new bond proposals.
Overall, in my opinion, this decision is NOT in the best interest of Walla Walla.
Capital improvements are a budgetary item that the City has apparently ignored and/or neglected for some time.
NOT a good move by the City Council.
DeadDawg, I agree with you; however, I want to clarify one point; i.e., department heads are accountable to the Board of County Commissioners in all aspects of their positions where elected officials are only accountable to the board on budgetary matters.
I couldn't agree more!
I know for a fact 'tinstar' isn't the former Sheriff!
It is unfortunate the availabity to listen to the board of county commissioners meetings online isn't taken advantage of by those who are critical of the positions or actions of the board. It's like making a 'decision' without all of the information.
Unfortunately, this is the same ol' rhetoric that has been used against an incumbent for years.
It seems to me that when your tax dollars are being administered fiscally, when solutions have been sought and implemented in an less than desireable economic climate, when there have been no additional COUNTY taxes levied by the current board of commissioners that these are qualities that should be maintained. 'Curve balls' aren't what we need.
You clearly haven't done your homework on your candidates because neither Ms. Blackan or Mr. Spinks possess the qualifications to serve on this board.
It is unfortunate ImJustSayinEmphasis that you apparently live your life based on 'assumptions' rather than facts. If you knew Mike Humphreys, you would know he doesn't write letters to the editor often and he most certainly wouldn't sign a letter he didn't compose.
Of course I am a Dozier supporter because he is clearly the most qualified. The county is in a better financial position than most counties in the state and the nation for that matter, due to fiscally sound decisions.
With all due respect for your service to our country NAMVET50, the county HAS NOT increased the county's portion of the property tax levy for three years.
YOU, Mr. Jones, clearly have been 'misled' by someone because Perry Dozier has served this county with integrity and a conscience over the past four years. By his own admission, there is a steep learning curve but he came into this position with a sound financial and economic background, qualities needed to administer the county.
At the beginning of each year, commissioners are assigned over twenty statutorily mandated committees/boards/task forces/councils/organizations/networks. In addition, they participate, when possible, on numerous advisory boards in an effort to keep abreast of issues relating to a specific department as well as meet with department heads and elected officials on a regular basis. It is physically impossible to attend every single meeting as conflicts arise on a regular basis.
When you speak of a full-time commissioner, how much more full time could a commissioner be than 24/7? "Full Time Commissioner" has been the 'buzz words' of county commissioner campaigns for decades and if YOU, Mr. Jones, were truly informed, you would know your statement isn't true.
Are your candidates qualifications so shallow that you have to attempt to discredit the opposition? Stooping to this level isn't very becoming and frankly, I think people are tired of negative campaigning ~ I know I am!
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