Voters must insist legislators make taxation more fair
Our 26th District Legislators, (Jan) Angel, (Jesse) Young and (Michelle) Caldier, are taking a “sit on our hands” approach to solving Washington’s budget challenges. They are content to rely on a rise in tax collection due to a projected rise in economic activity. This is not the leadership our district — and our state — needs.
We have been represented by knowledgeable, hardworking leaders in the past: Derek Kilmer and Larry Seaquist. Voters need to take their responsibility seriously to elect such people, and meanwhile urge our current set of representatives to shake off their big money backers and be part of the solution.
While taxpayers hate to see their money wasted, we also expect quality when it comes to those services only government can provide: 1) schools; 2) infrastructure, which includes transportation; 3) regulation of our natural resources; and 4) providing for community health, welfare and safety.
We cannot use the excuse that government is less than perfect to ignore or underfund these necessities of life. Voters can insist that our legislators make taxation more fair. Write to them, appear at their public events, call them to account.
Citizens speak out about change, but voices aren’t heard
The Millville vote was hardly a surprise. We have watched developers shorten the leash of our elected Gig Harbor government for some time. We all watched, turned out and attended meetings about the building of the new Fred Meyer. Citizens were deeply concerned about more traffic on the Pt. Fosdick corridor. That planning commission voted against it and did NOT recommend it to the Council. Suddenly, with no meetings we are getting a Fred Meyer store. On the Pt. Fosdick corridor.
Building heights on the downtown Harbor. Again, huge citizen turnout against it. Again, it passes.
Millville development of restaurants and a zoning change as per the request of one landowner. Many meetings, many citizens speak out against this change. Over and over, they attend meetings and beseech the Council to back off on this change. The gentleman who requested this zoning change has failed to allow fire inspections for three years on his property. And (he) wants to build restaurants with kitchens, which contain multiple fire hazards. Council passes as per his request.
You cannot expect respect when you give none to your own citizens and repeatedly roll over for developers. How short is that leash?