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Upset About Your Property Tax Bill? Don’t Blame the Assessor.

Upset about your property tax bill? Don’t blame the Assessor…he’s just crunching the numbers in the database to calculate who pays all those taxes, from all the different taxing authorities and voter approved special levies. Our political leaders approve the budgets proposed by the County Executive and City Mayors, based on the differing needs of our public service entities like Cemetery, Police, Fire, Schools, Roads, Flood, Real Estate Development Excise, EMS, Greenways, Metropolitan Parks, etc., etc. Thousands of Whatcom County property owners received their property tax liability bill this week. All over the County eyeballs were popping, heads were exploding, and pace-makers were working overtime. Why? Because the Pied-Piper brought the unsuspecting populace to the brink of the wharf and encouraged them to jump into the water. Whatcom County’s chickens have come home to roost. Or, better stated as the policies of our political leaders are working. The County Council and the Bellingham City Council have chosen not to increase and fund the urban growth areas in Bellingham and Whatcom County, to accommodate local growth in a planned and sustained measure. Without a proper supply of build-able lots, your assessed property values go up at a faster than normal rate. The …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 25, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Marlene Dawson, local historian and former Whatcom County Councilmember, regarding the recent email correspondence between herself and County Councilmember Satpal Sidhu. What precipitated the response email from Councilmember Sidhu? What did his response email say that was disconcerting to Marlene and others who read his email response, which she made public? What is this proposed ordinance that Marlene is asking the Whatcom County Council to consider?                

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Councilmember Sidhu Made a Promise to Represent All of Us…Does He?

Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu, wrote a response email letter to Marlene Dawson on February 14th, 2017. Within Mr. Sidhu’ s letter he inserted a definition to his use of the word “your,” which he used throughout his letter to Ms. Dawson. These are ‘your’ treaties (the word ‘your’ is used metaphorically for white, English speaking immigrants and so on……  Nothing personal!) With Marlene’s permission, we published two versions of the email letter she received from Whatcom County Councilmember, Satpal Sidhu. The first letter is a PDF copy of the original email letter she received from Councilmember Sidhu. The second letter is a PDF copy which Liberty Road has revised and published using Councilmember Sidhu’ s, definition of the word your, which he used throughout his letter to Ms. Dawson. We published both versions of his letter to show the demeanor hidden within the original letter and fully convey the depth of meaning held within that letter; delivered to Ms. Dawson.   Our question is does this letter concern you? If you come before the County Council and speak publicly on an issue that involves you, does it matter what frame of reference our Councilmember’ s belief is? Are they are listening to you? Can they hear you? Does Councilmember Sidhu understand who …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 18, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interviews Steve McLaughlin (former candidate for Public Lands Commissioner) about the proposal to re-introduce the Grizzly bear into Washington State. Part Two: Host Kris Halterman discusses the numerous Exempt-Well bills being proposed, to resolve the Hirst lawsuit, as they work their way through the legislative processes in Olympia.

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If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?

Common Threads NW and The Fourth Corner, brought Wm. Perry Pendley, President and CEO of the Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) here to share his insight and gauge local interest to litigate for our property and water rights, in a federal court of law. Mr. Pendley, addressed several groups and local residents, to share information about the different types of cases which MSLF has successfully litigated in the protection of individual property rights. This is a brief summation of Mr. Pendley’ s message, at the two presentations last Thursday: The most direct route to protection of property rights is working locally with your elected officials. It is important to keep your elected officials, judges offering opinions, and agencies aware of negative impacts you have experienced. All of your communications need to be documented and in written form. Always be specific as to any notifications you have received from government agencies, identifying the legislation or judicial decision that has impacted your property rights, and maintain copies of each communication.  If you believe your property has been devalued, contact your local assessor’s office and seek taxation relief. They are well equipped to determine proper property valuation in changing circumstances, and maintain copies of all communication. Legal remedies can be pursued in local, state, and federal courts, depending on the …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 11, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Erin Shannon, Director for the Washington Policy Center, for Small Business. Up for discussion is the state’s new minimum wage and paid time off laws. How will it roll out? What economic effects has it had, or will it potentially have, on the states small businesses? How is the paid time off going to be administered and reported? What, if any, are the continuing increases hidden within this initiative?

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 4, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interview Wm. Perry Pendley, Pres. and CEO of the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Mr. Pendley is an active member of a nonprofit group, fighting for water and land use issues (property rights) in the United States.   Part Two: Host Kris Halterman interviews Garret, a student in the Ferndale School District. Garret wanted to try out for the Ferndale Girls’ Volleyball Team. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Garret has been denied access to try out for the girls’ volleyball team, and the District has encouraged him to form a coed, or boys’ volleyball team…a team that would not have anyone to compete against. Garret shares the story of his quest on Saturday Morning Live, Gender equality for thee, but no gender equality for me?  

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Councilmember At-large, Rud Browne, Files Candidacy for W.C. District No. 1

As Whatcom County Gears Up for 2017 General Elections; Councilmember At-large, Rud Browne, Files his Candidacy for Whatcom County District 1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: 360-820-9494 Bellingham, WA—Whatcom County Council Member Rud Browne announced today that he will be a candidate for re-election this year, and will file the official paperwork to run for Council District #1 in the newly-reconfigured Council landscape. Browne currently serves in an at-large seat. “As a 22 year resident of the new District One, I am happy to be redistricted alongside so many who share my values, environmental commitment, and desire for Whatcom County to generate more jobs for our citizens,” he said. “I’m running from the area which supported me in large numbers in my last election, which makes it even more rewarding.” Browne, finishing his first term in public office, has been a proud progressive vote, and the leading advocate for broader Council roles in economic development. “Our great educational institutions produce some of the brightest and boldest educated new work force, yet all too often our graduates are unable to find a decent job here and are forced to move elsewhere to build their careers. The future of our community will be …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 28, 2017

Ever heard “Clean Phil,” on KGMI 790 AM radio? Ever wonder who Phil is and why he calls himself, “Clean Phil?” Host Kris Halterman will interview Phil Morgan, Clean Phil, as he shares his amazing story on how life is what you make it.

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Whatcom County Health Dept. Seeks Change in Septic Inspection Ordinance

Attention all septic owners in Whatcom County, your ability to self-inspect is in jeopardy. The Whatcom County Health Department is seeking a change in county ordinances regarding your septic systems. The change would disallow any self-inspections of your septic system. Why? Because they claim some people are cheating on their inspections. Who? That’s up for debate as they have not disclosed that to the Whatcom County Council. When? This will be up for discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 2017, at the 1:00 PM Public Works, Health and Safety Committee Meeting (chair Barbara Brenner) and likely introduced at the Whatcom County Council’s evening meeting on the same day, at 7:00 PM, in the Council Chambers. The County’s Health Department is taking the State Supreme Courts questioning in their Hirst decision, that the public should not be allowed to responsibly and skillfully inspect their own private septic systems. What does this mean to all septic systems in Whatcom County? Increased costs, regulatory compliance reporting, and more invasion of your private property rights. The Health Department should be asked to prove that there are people cheating on their inspections and then ask why these people are not being fined for their actions? The vast majority …

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