Whidbey News-Times


Let public officials pay for own mistakes

February 18, 2014 · 2:53 PM

I’m frustrated that our elected officials keep screwing up then making us, the taxpayers, pay for their mistakes.

Example — the tunnel project in Seattle and the Highway 520 bridge/Interstate 90 interchange.

Lawmakers want to raise the gas tax 10 cents to 20 cents per gallon to pay for it.

I don’t use it and shouldn’t have to pay every time I get gas.

Put a toll on it, then if I use it I will pay.

Now for my real point.

The former mayor of Oak Harbor ignored warnings about human remains under Pioneer Way and went ahead with the project anyway.

Now, the city is raising our utility bill to pay for a lawsuit brought against the city.

Let the elected official, whomever it may be, pay for his or her mistake.

The Fourth of July parade can’t use Pioneer Way anymore because they made it too narrow.

From what I understand none of the merchants wanted the street converted to one-way anyway.

Randy McClaskey

Oak Harbor


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