Port tax needed to save the farm

The voters of Central Whidbey should be aware of one especially important issue on their November ballot: The proposed levy for the Port of Coupeville.

Ten years ago members of the community banded together to save the Greenbank Farm from development. Fortunately that grassroots action was successful and the process began. Instead of having hundreds of houses covering the landscape, we have a wonderful, historic place visited by tourists, supporting several businesses, and providing a rural haven of gardens, wild areas and trails.

The Port of Coupeville took the lead on acquiring this property and has been paying for the bond that was created. The port has almost expended their available funds and a financial crisis is looming. What will happen if the payments stop? There is a risk of losing local control of the farm. If the community is still interested in preserving the farm, it is time for voters to step forward and approve this levy. Voters in the Coupeville Port District are asked to approve a levy that will pay off the farm in nine years. It’s only .06 cents per $1000 of assessed property value. That’s a small price to pay for this historic facility. I hope the residents of Central Whidbey will heed the call and vote yes on this important local issue.

Jerry Mercer

Greenbank

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