Henninger won’t run again

North Whidbey Park and Recreation Commissioner Fred Henninger has announced he will not be seeking reelection in the fall.

In a written statement, Henninger said his primary reason for not running is his disappointment in the fiscal policies adopted by the board.

“It should be noted that there has been no increase in the fees charged for admission to the pool since 2003,” he said. “During this period, there has been significant increases in salaries and energy costs.”

According to Henninger’s figures, the tax revenue received has increased yearly to reach $423,000 in 2006, while the swim revenue collected was $281,00 during the same year.

“ The result of this ratio is that for every $1 paid in swimming fees, the taxpayer is paying an additional $1.42,” he stated.

Henninger added in his letter that he feels that the persons who benefit from the use of the pool should pay the majority of the pool’s operating costs, not the taxpayers.

“This problem should be considered and corrected as budgets are planned and implemented in the future,” he concluded.

Henninger, who holds the position 1 seat, encouraged anyone who is interested in volunteering to perform civic duties as a member of the North Whidbey Park and Recreation Commission to file for election.

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