Letters to the Editor

Taxes raised through fees

Commissioner Mac McDowell does not deserve another term. Don’t believe his flimflam on how he takes care keeping taxes low. None of it is true if you look at the facts. He really has not done anything for your taxes. To get almost anything from the county you have to pay some sort of fee, even for copies. We have already paid for the services and materials and now must pay for them again and again. This is a politician’s way of raising taxes without you directly knowing it: They are all added taxes.

We are asked to vote in a levy here and one there, why? So our politicians can puff out their chests and brag how the taxes are kept so low. There is nothing better than the people voting to tax themselves, it lets the politician off the hook. Our taxes are not as low as you’ve been led to believe. Take a look at all of those extra fees, surcharges, or whatever they label them. They are the taxes that our county elected officials do not want to take responsibility for. It is odd that the fire district had to try and get funds through a levy, and it failed. Somehow Mac can pay his million dollar baby, Keith Dearborn, over $1 million to ensure the Growth Management Act is no longer a hindrance to helter skelter development. No money for public safety, but plenty for making sure those developers can wipe their feet on the GMA and build overpriced cracker box houses on postage-stamp lots.

I would imagine that integrity, or even a small degree of honesty is not part of our current office holders.

Angie Homola and Helen Price Johnson are two very impressive and competent candidates for county commissioner. Let’s get them in and straighten out the mess McDowell, Shelton, and Bakke have made of this county.

Donald Bettner

Oak Harbor

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