Letters to the Editor

Commissioners must choose

For months voters have expressed their opposition to the Island County commissioners’ increased fees, yet our commissioners continue to ignore their pleas and instead pursue new ways of taxing Island County residents, even though we are in a recession, our unemployment is skyrocketing, and many of us are struggling to keep a roof over our head and food on the table.

Rather than removing or suspending non-mandated items from the budget, the commissioners have chosen to cut county department budgets, decreasing the very services our tax dollars are collected to pay for. Spending scarce county revenue for non-mandated items and raising taxes during a recession is just plain unacceptable.

The commissioners need to do what they were hired to do: make tough budgeting choices about the priorities and roles of government. They need to rank programs in order of importance so they can stop funding lower-priority programs. This choice acknowledges that government cannot be all things to all people, meaning that some of the new roles and services government has taken on in the last five years will need to be eliminated, or at least suspended.

Voters are tired of irresponsible fiscal policies and elected officials who ignore the will of the people for the benefit of a few.

Charlona Sawyer


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