Last Summer we featured a case that may well affect all rural property owners who depend on the current exempt well status to insure that they will have the right to access water on their property through a private well. Fox’s vs. Skagit County, Dept. of Ecology and the Swinomish Indians If you wonder why the things are so messed up in Washington State, you have no further to look than the idiotic lengths that our own governments will go to insure that private land owners will no longer have adequate access to water…even when it’s available. The Fox’s have the water, they had their property divided up, they had everything ready to go rightfully in their effort to build their retirement home. Now their golden years are being consumed by bogus arguments that there’s not enough water. (Read more) Gary Hagland, from Skagit County’s Citizen’s Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) sent this email to me: Yesterday the Fox’s were dealt another blow as our political representatives and our court rooms fail to protect the people’s right to water. The courtroom was packed this afternoon. Except for Chairman Cladoosby and one or two underlings, everyone supported Richard and Marnie …Read More »
Ferndale to vote on gas tax increase as Ferndale City Council considers approval of an additional taxing authority for Parks
Last year the voters of Ferndale overwhelming rejected a massive tax increase for new capital projects for public schools. The voters did approve to tax themselves for a new library in 2012 and to increase their sales tax for road improvements through a special taxing mechanism called, Transportation Benefit District. Special Tax Districts allow people and political leaders to cherry pick what are the most favorable areas to ask voters to approve establishment of a new special tax district with taxing authority. Why is that a problem? Well, they do not apply a ceiling to the amount of taxes that accumulate, elected officials can legislatively move money from one special fund into another based on their legislative authority, as was recently done by the Whatcom County Council when they set up a Parks Special Revenue fund with tax dollars taken from the Conservation Futures Funds (funds which the voters of Whatcom County approved specifically for the purchase of private land for public use), and they are often the vehicle used to incrementally expand their ability to tax as they broaden the taxing district boundaries, using the same type of selective cherry-picking for voters to vote to approve their inclusion within the special taxing district. It’s the slow, drip-drip-drip …Read More »
Chuckanut Metropolitan Park District holds Executive Session with City of Bellingham to acquire more property???
From the local Whatcom Watchdog, the Chuckanut Community Metropolitan Park District (CCMPD) is working in private, executive sessions to discuss the acquisition of additional private properties to be placed into permanent conservation easement? Wasn’t the sole purpose of the CCMPD to tax and payoff the Chuckanut Forest, then to disband themselves and pass on into the sunset like a bad dream? This posting in the Whatcom Watchdog contains a link to the email which shows there’s more shenanigans happening with the CCMPD and the City of Bellingham which will be affecting all of us as they remove ever more properties from private to public, or as I like to say an asset to a liability of the public. ~ Kris Halterman Property acquisition? The Commissioners have started being very specific in their language to explain why they are conducting meetings in executive session. It is likely they have be questioned about their ability to conduct all their meetings about the inter local agreement with the COB in executive session. From the latest email we are now informed that they are discussing “acquisition of property from the City of Bellingham in the form of a conservation easement” Why should this …Read More »
Bellingham Planning Commission taking Public Comment on New Chuckanut Metropolitan Park District Rezone
Two public hearings concerning the Chuckanut Community Forest will be held June 27. The Bellingham Planning Commission will discuss and take public comments on changing the zoning of the entire 82 acres of land to Public: Bellingham Planning Commission Meeting June 27, 2013 @ 7pm Bellingham City Hall The same evening the Chuckanut Community Forest Park District will be taking comments about their “Mission” and about the “Interlocal agreement” with the City: Chuckanut Community Forest Park District Meeting June 27, 2013 7pm Fairhaven library, Fireside room Written comments of any length will be accepted until June 27 and can be sent to: CCFPD P.O.Box 4283 Bellingham, WA. 98227 For background information about the Chuckanut Community Forest Metropolitan Park District folks can refer to my website, www.chuckanutcommunityforestMPD.org. In February voters in the district elected to become a Metropolitan Park District. The ballot measure asked voters only if they wanted a Metropolitan Park District. While the folks running for seats on the commission campaigned on “pay off the Greenways Endowment loan and get out”, nothing in the ballot requires them to hold to that promise. Therefore, I find it very concerning that they are now asking people in the district what the …Read More »