October 18, 1999
Letters to the Editor
Let's make politicians' jobs easier
I just don't understand what the local politicians are so concerned about. I am just an ordinary citizen, but here are my observations and the information that I have learned about Initiative 695 over the past couple of months.
I-695 attacks more than the intended target
I-695 will cut more than the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET). It will limit funding for special taxing districts such as school, fire, sewer, water, hospital, and library districts.
With one of the hottest economies in the country, our Seattle region, King County, and Washington state can and probably should institute a state income tax.
Just the facts, not scare tactics
As the Snohomish County assessor, I feel it is my duty to share some facts about Initiative 695. My comments are not meant to be scare tactics, simply the facts.
Left-wing extremists don't think you can handle more money
Brace yourselves, not only for the continued negative PR campaign of the media, but for the fact that if I-695 passes, the government will be taking less of your money away from you.
Initiative will affect schools
The Northshore School Board has been asked why we recently passed a board resolution in opposition to Initiative 695. The board would like to take this opportunity to explain why.
Residents are appalled
As a community member and resident on 80th Ave. SE, I am appalled and outraged that the county might consider a rezone which would allow Pacific Topsoil to bring its mess to our neighborhood.
How did Mill Creek get rid of them?
For Pacific Topsoil to be allowed to come in and rezone 36 acres of forested wetlands is simply unthinkable. The residents of the Maltby area are angry that their property values and quality of life could be destroyed so easily.
Main concern is water rates
I think now is the time for the ratepayers in the Woodinville Water District to fully understand the impact on negotiations regarding our water in the coming years. The most important item of all should be cost.
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