Letters to the Editor

Whidbey taxpayers' money being spent on a whim with Clean Water Utility Tax

It’s amazing how Island County government went from one program (mandatory septic inspections) to several, through this new Clean Water Utility Tax. (Whidbey News-Times, April 17).

Three commissioners allied with the Whidbey Environmental Action Network and everyone else involved in advancing their agenda in the name of public health and safety, all on the taxpayer dime! There is nothing like paying for pet projects created by a few individuals. Our endless supply of taxpayer cash is readily available to finance any and every whim. Forget about having a choice in this matter.

Frankly, our commissioners and government bureaucrats did not go far enough in establishing programs to advance their agenda.

For instance, Island County did not allocate funds for the special hospital facilities designed for salmon and shellfish to recover in.

If storm water is an issue then how about implementing a county Brita storm water filtration program?

Do not forget the Island County Wildlife Scoop Your Own Poop program designed to educate all wildlife living in watersheds how to scoop their own poop. Perhaps, for a small fee, the county could rent Super Dooper Pooper Scoopers, or designate specific pooping grounds for all wildlife and farm animals.

To be fair this tax should be an opt-in tax. Take the $1.9 million price tag and divide by the number of WEANies, soft-heads, tree-huggers, puff-puff-passers, the Soma eaters, and Kool-Aid drinkers, and any others that believe in these brilliant nanny state programs, and have them pay the quotient amount.

Perhaps, after their wallets receive enough tax hits, they will see the light. Then again, perhaps not. As the saying goes, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

As for us real country folk, our message is simple: “Don’t tread on me.”

Ken Wolf

Oak Harbor

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