Clark County Commission, Are You Listening?

by lewwaters

After all of the complaints and efforts being made to vote out Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, imagine my shock this morning to go to the Columbian’s website and read Mielke urges higher vehicle fees to fund road projects, seeing that out two Republicans favor adding additional license fees onto our cars and the lone Democrat, Stuart, opposed.

Has our two Republicans not heard the outcry over Olympia’s loading us down with additional fees and taxes?

Commissioner Mielke says, “that increasing licensing fees would take the burden off developers from having to pay as much in traffic-impact fees.”

Commissioner Boldt, the other Republican says he “supports increasing licensing fees on the condition property taxes were lowered,” both desiring to pass road improvements on to drivers and away from property owners.

I guess the thought that property owners are also drivers escapes them?

Stuart, the lone Democrat says, “the county needs to work with existing funds, ranking projects on a need-based scale that favors safety and attracting business development.”

Stuart has taken many disappointing stands on the County Commission, but how did it come down to he is the one now talking sense while the two Republicans are sounding like Olympia Democrat protégés?

Since I will soon be losing a portion of my property under Eminent Domain and even though the county will be paying me a fair price, is it really that necessary to tear up a perfectly good sidewalk so they can rebuild the sidewalk closer to my home to add a bike lane in a road widening project?

I have the same argument here that I have with many of the other “temporary” tax increases Olympia gave us. That being, if they lower property tax, what guarantee do we have they will remain lowered and not raised later, giving us an increased license fee and increased property tax?

Has Mielke and Boldt forgotten we are still seeing double digit unemployment in Clark County? Have they forgotten businesses are hurting and homes are not selling?

We are seeing Light Rail shoved down our throats, an expensive new bridge with tolls proposed that will not alleviate congestion, higher taxes on much of what we consume and a continuing faltering economy.

That last thing I would expect to see from Republicans is talk of increasing any fees, while the Democrat says we must live within our means.

Maybe it’s time we replaced the whole commission with responsible people.

See also, at Clark County Politics blog: Role reversal? Where have the Republicans gone on the county commission?

2 Comments to “Clark County Commission, Are You Listening?”

  1. Mielke and Boldt both acknowledge a serious problem both in our our county and city. Stewart knows there is a problem, spins the situation, and is off the hook?!!!!!!!! Pure politics and many of you fell for it.

    All of us in the Clark County governments know that it is cheaper to fix our deteriorating roads now that to totally rebuild them later. We don’t have the funds to keep up and getting more behind each year.

    The various scenarios of using vehicle taxes do not approach the money needed and direct the costs mostly to the average citizen. The alternative is creating a street utility where all pay a little based on national formulas, but this isn’t going over well with business people or our local legislators.

    My guess is things will get a lot worse.


  2. Don’t think that Stuart is off the hook, Pat.

    Yes, we do have a serious problem and how can anyone think strapping more payments on the backs of already over taxed and struggling families is going to help?

    Raising taxes or shifting fees might look good on paper, but in reality, tax breaks and lowering to more reasonable levels spurs growth and puts people back to work.

    Receipts have gone up every time taxes were lowered to a reasonable level. Unfortunately, spending went up too, negating the increased revenues.

    Better than all of us out here, you should know there is always a lot of waste in government that must end.

    We are not an endless supply of cash for politicians pet projects.


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