VIEWPOINT | Pool is a community asset worthy of public support

  • Friday, October 27, 2017 1:24pm
  • Opinion

If North Whidbey Park and Recreation fails in its second attempt to pass a replacement levy in November, all aquatic activities will be suspended on Nov. 13.

Executive Director Steve McCaslin said there’s not much else the district can do without those levy dollars.

The levy rate is 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. A family living in a $270,000 home — the median home price in Oak Harbor — pays $46 per year.

Oak Harbor’s pool is an asset to the community. It’s one of the few places providing recreational activities year-round. The community should support the pool and continue investing in the existing infrastructure.

Also facing the district is a changing of the guard, of sorts. Three of the five board commission seats are up for election.

Sean Merrill is running unopposed after a brief stint off the board. Current Commissioner Shane Hoffmire is being challenged by two relative unknowns — John Chargualaf and Mukunda-Krishna Tyson. Neither challenger responded to requests for an interview.

Hoffmire, however, served on the board for two years and shows an understanding of the importance of the district and what it offers.

Hoffmire is known to get passionate during meetings; some call it disruptive. But he doesn’t apologize for standing up for what he says he believes is right.

We believe that, along with voting to approve the levy, voters are be wise to reelect Hoffmire, who is at least willing to present his beliefs and stand behind them.

The other challenged race is between Dan Brown and Patricia Hardin.

Both would be new to the board, but both are regulars at the pool. Both are active in promoting the levy.

Brown’s had a contentious past with the current board. During an April meeting, police were summoned after he yelled at the board and slammed his fists on their table.

Brown said he didn’t think the board was listening to the public.

While Hardin and Brown both possess a knowledge of, and an appreciation for, the district, we think Hardin can bring some fresh ideas as well as a perspective unsullied by previous personality disputes and encounters with the board.

We encourage a vote to elect Hardin.

More in Opinion

Cartoon for Oct. 20, 2018

Cartoon for Oct. 20, 2018… Continue reading

Letter: The debate over Navy air operations too polarized

Editor, The subject of Naval Air Operations in Central Whidbey is certain… Continue reading

It’s the Navy, base CO, that officials, residents should ‘hear’

Elected officials and Whidbey residents should take very careful note of the… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Want more in your newspaper? Subscribe

I think I was born with printer’s ink in my veins. When… Continue reading

Letter: Commissioner candidate says she supports Navy

Editor, I rarely respond to letters to the editors but calling me… Continue reading

Cartoon for Oct. 17, 2018

Cartoon for Oct. 17, 2018… Continue reading

Editorial: Initiative 1639 is a common-sense gun measure

Initiative 1639 proposes common sense changes to the state’s gun laws and… Continue reading

Letter: Dems overplayed hand, awakened moral majority

Editor, The attempted character assassination by the Democrats of Judge Kavanaugh is… Continue reading

Letter: If pool is to reopen, some repairs need to be made

Editor, Pool levy, some clarification please. The levy signs say, Pool Park… Continue reading

Most Read