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No county money for Trillium land
So it’s happening just as so many of us knew it would. Whidbey Camano Land Trust had to borrow money to purchase the 664-acre Trillium Forest, and now they want the cash-strapped taxpayers of Island County to bail them out.
The environmental do-gooders have moved on to other utopian fantasies, not bothering to fully fund this project, thus leaving the taxpayers of Island County holding the bag. Once again, the poor visionless, proletariat, sprawl zombies, who do most of the working and taxpaying in this county, who are too busy trying to keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables to worry about going for a frolic in some elitist glory land, are being asked to foot the bill. And this won’t be the first or last time. This land could easily become a bottomless money pit.
The commissioners need to cut the budget to the barest of essential services until this economic recession is way behind us. They do not need to spend $310,000 so some horses can trample hikers and kamikaze bikers can crash into trees and sue the county. We do not need to spend money to acquire more liability. Also, in all likelihood this land will be taken off the tax rolls, thereby increasing the burden of taxation upon the other property owners in Island County.
If the WCLT needs to let this property go back to the bank because they cannot raise the full purchase price, so be it. That’s what happens in a tough economy. If the horse lords and their bike pedaling minions can put their money where their mouth is and raise the full purchase price, fine, let them keep it. Just make sure the users of this wonderland keep paying for it, not the taxpayers. We need jobs and an expanding tax base, not another expensive playground. The last thing we need is more burdens upon the taxpayers of this county. If the anti-sprawl do-gooders want to keep Trillium Forest, then they should fund Trillium Forest. And they should make it turn a profit somehow so that it is an asset and not a liability to the rest of us.