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GMA created land shortage

The Seattle Times has recently reported an article that has rightly accused the Growth Manage Act of 1990 (thanks Democrats) of increasing the cost of new homes in Seattle as much as $200,000.

Duh. This has been known by anyone who has been in the trade since 1990. As the state goes so does Seattle.

Island County looked like a good place for me to retire in 2001. It had affordable housing and reasonable taxes and a nice climate; was not too far from “the rest of the world,” and the people were friendly.

Well the GMA reared its head thanks to idiots like WEAN that have nothing better to do than stick their noses into others’ affairs.

The GMA created an artificial land shortage in the entire state. This has driven up taxes and the cost of homes in the whole state.

I have been involved in the construction industry for many years, and to my dismay, have seen a few special interest groups cost the people of this state billions of dollars because they had an agenda for whatever reason.

Whether it’s someone trying sell their land or develop their land and provide a legacy for their family, these narrow-minded people have managed to screw things up for most people in Washington and in Island County for sure.

I encourage them to keep smoking pot and driving their junk cars and buying Birkenstocks. But leave politics to people that contribute to society and work and pay taxes.

Larry Ogle

Coupeville

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