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EDITORIAL: Krueger Farm ballot idea interesting

It looks like Port of Coupeville will help out Friends of Krueger Farm by putting a money measure on the ballot in November that will allow purchase of the remaining Krueger farmland within Coupeville town limits.

While the amount to be sought from taxpayers has not yet been determined, the election is already interesting.

Voters in Island County have seldom been asked to pay outright for open space. Most has been purchased through the Conservation Futures Fund, a levy implemented by three county commissioners about a decade ago. Many worthy land acquisition projects have since been pursued and consummated, but never has a vote of the people been involved.

Much of the rest of Island County’s limited open space has been acquired by the state for state parks, or by school districts for their projects. When voters did have a say, it was to provide athletics-related facilities, not open space.

Whidbey Island has a large contingent of people who continually call for more open space. The Krueger Farm ballot measure will tell us if they’re also willing to pay for it out of their own wallets.

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