Letters to the Editor - 6/11/18

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Did you know the Woodinville “Civic campus project” includes giving the old schoolhouse 3-acre parcel of land away to land developers?
I am a resident of Woodinville.  I appreciate the unique city Woodinville is and am concerned that the Woodinville civic campus project is a big mistake for Woodinville.
Although I have sent out more than 14 emails to city council members, I have received only two responses. One was an invitation to the open house on May 23rd to which I attended and the other was answered with dismissive substance.  I’d like to discuss it.
Les replied.
“We must expend some of our assets to meet our goals.”
We can trade land:
Land is all around us. We can see that it is limited.
Land cannot be created. Of the three possible assets that can be spent to meet our goals, land is the one that we cannot make more of. The only way to get more land is by going first to the other two resources and increasing those so that they can be used to purchase more land. I ask you. If we are so reticent to raise taxes or vote on a bond now, when times are good, why do we assume it is a good idea to make raising taxes the only option for the future when city goals need to be met?
We can vote on a bond measure:
I am not sure how much the council has looked into or considered this option.
We can drain (cash) reserves:
While it may seem successful to say the city has X dollars in the bank this is not honest unless all assets are accounted for and tallied including how much land wealth is with the city at the beginning and end of each council term.
We as citizens deserve to know what portion of our land wealth is being given away on this project.
Finally, when the land becomes the property of someone else we can NOT be assured that our goals for the land will be honored.
With gratitude,
Penelope Jupiter Zela

I don’t live in the City of Woodinville, but I have to traverse it twice a day.
When they were building the roundabout, which took an inordinate amount of time to complete, they took away the bypass.
Now, they are reconstructing the area around the roundabout. Those two projects couldn’t have been done simultaneously?
Or is there some built in redundancy to ensure the taxpayers keep the construction companies well heeled!
I don’t shop or head downtown any more as the four lane bypass has been reduced to just another two lane main street through Woodinville.
Bruce Barnard

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