Letters to the Editor

Island County commissioners ignore owners

I have read glowing editorials and letters to the editor in the South Whidbey Record, the Whidbey Examiner, and the Whidbey News-Times about our current county commissioners. One element of their tenure as commissioners that is NOT mentioned in these opinions is the fact that, through their actions, our current commissioners have not represented the landowners/property tax payers. These folks are the majority of their constituents.

I, for one, find this difficult to understand. We need commissioners who are willing to be more conscious of the hands that pays the taxes.

I have heard three different presentations in the last six months concerning county taxes. Each presentation represented a completely different view of how much money is collected related to population and property owners. This tax picture, related to other counties in Washington state, seems to change depending on the interpretation of the individual speaker. We need straight talk on this issue to help voters better understand the real issues.

I am voting for Jill Johnson and Jeff Lauderdale in November. They possess the skills to keep decision making better balanced for us all and will preserve the overall cultural and economic environment of our wonderful community.

Robert Hunter


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