Analysis

PROPERTY TAXES IN PORT TOWNSEND RISING AVERAGE $734 NEXT YEAR

PROP 1 HURTS MORE THAN IT HELPS

http://www.ptleader.com/opinion/perspectives/rebuttal-proposition-could-hurt-low-income-seniors-not-help/article_3272d1aa-b90f-11e7-a744-73e67051e008.html

GOVERNMENT CREATED THE PROBLEM, HOW TO FIX IT

http://www.ptleader.com/opinion/perspectives/no-government-created-the-problem/article_9c23ba46-ae07-11e7-a61f-17dcc7e82494.html

PROP 1 IGNORES REAL PROBLEMS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

http://www.ptleader.com/opinion/perspectives/no-government-created-the-problem/article_9c23ba46-ae07-11e7-a61f-17dcc7e82494.html

The Real Problem
By: Gene Farr

Tax Levy Flaws v8


There is Trouble, out there in Jefferson County. .

Yes, we have a copy of HomesNow Campaign Plan!

In the heart of a Seattle office tower, powerful men in nice suits look out from the 40th floor and ponder the problems of our county. They know our problems before we do. They devise plans and campaigns for our own good. To implement their plans they connect with the elite people of Port Townsend. Finding the elite people is easy. They live in the best Port Townsend neighborhoods. They belong to the same tribe. They drive electric cars and own all the best art. When our Seattle bosses sent HomesNow out to the counties of Western Washington, the Port Townsend elite took notice. They admired Bellingham and its tent cities and want to bring that civic virtue to Jefferson County – and keep it far away from uptown PT. They want us to believe the entire county is responsible for the desires of Port Townsend.
The Seattle tower people locked arms with the good uptown elite people and produced a campaign plan to sell the little people of Jefferson County on taxing themselves to benefit Port Townsend’s civic virtue. A group calling themselves Progressive Strategies NW made the plan. They write in their plan that Port Townsend is easy, the good people “will vote for any left-leaning measure put before them.”

Then comes the tricky part.

Port Townsend with all its goodness is saddled with Jefferson County’s common people from Irondale to Brinnon. Progressive Strategies writes that “working-class white Democrats are tricky” Common people do the math and will vote against taxes they can’t afford. In fact, they note that the Tri-Area, Quilcene and Brinnon are “trouble spots.”

What is the Trouble with people out in the County?

The trouble with them is they don’t know their place. The purpose of towns along Hwy 101 and 19 is to provide a green belt for tourists to transit on the way to Port Townsend. Development and retail outlets cannot be permitted if they compete with the quaint charm of Water Street. Hadlock is the Jefferson County version of Fly Over Country. Fortunately, Progressive Strategies knows how to deal with this “potential trouble”. In their Prop-1 plan they recommend actions to keep voter turn out low. They even write that high turn out is not beneficial to the passage of Prop 1. In short they don’t want the 20,000 rural voters in this county to have a voice.

The Political Calculation.

The HomesNow! Campaign has admitted that any property tax increase will harm more than 3000 low-income homeowners in the rural areas They discussed alternatives to a property tax increase but they calculated that they can pass this measure before you find out it’s coming. They also love the fact that a property tax is hidden from renters. They screamed in protest over campaign signs that say, No Rent Increase – No Prop 1. But in their scheme, they write “One common advantage (of property taxes) is that it’s hidden from renters who may be inclined to support it without considering the potential impact on rent prices.”

Just Say No

This ballot measure was hidden from us by design to keep County voters in the dark. After working on it since last year, they sprung on us in July and rushed to the ballot. If you have any doubt whatsoever, vote NO.
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