Archive for July 14th, 2010

July 14, 2010

Jaime Herrera Says, “Trust Me”

by lewwaters

Newly seated, Jaime Herrera has obtained her wish of beginning her career as a professional politician. Her dishonesty is open for all to see, if they look. While nothing will change the outcome of the election, seeing the past chair of the Clark County GOP, Ryan Hart, a man who chaired the county party that strongly promoted her in a contested race against Republican candidates, a very unethical move, has been named as her District Director explains a lot. Cronyism, corruption and dishonesty, the mark of a true career politician.

Jaime Herrera, the Republican establishment backed candidate for Washington State 3rd Congressional District, has put together her first ever TV Ad.

Jaime Herrera for Congress TV Ad — “Trust” from Herrera Campaign on Vimeo.

A very nicely created ad that paints her in a very positive light. However, even though she says “Put trust in people,” it is common knowledge that such ads are designed to enlist trust in her in order that voters will send her back to Washington D.C., where she spent many years before returning to gain the 18th legislative district seat she will now be vacating.

Trust is a very fragile thing and hard to gain. It is something that must be earned, regardless of who desires it and the main way someone earns it is to be up front and honest with people, especially voters. Has Jaime been being honest with us? You should judge for yourself.

Jaime has been under fire for some time for her co-sponsorship and voting on HB 1329, a bill that many say would have forced childcare centers into a public union. Jaime maintains, “The bill I supported is not compulsory. It doesn’t violate my own standards.”

Yet, when the bill was being actively debated, we find;

January 29, 2010, the Seattle Times wrote, “The Seattle Times Editorial Board opposes House Bill 1329, a project of the Service Employees International Union to organize owners of child-care centers under labor law.”

“THE House of Representatives in Olympia has passed a bill that could force the owners of child-care centers into being represented by a union. This is an improper application of labor law.”

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July 14, 2010

Peter Van Nortwick Releases “Taxpayer Bill of Rights”

by lewwaters

Peter Van Nortwick, Candidate for County Tax Assessor, has issued his “Tax Payer Bill of Rights” that he will strive to implement as our next County Assessor.

Property Tax Payer Bill of Rights

As your Assessor, I will work hard with your State Representatives and Senators to enact my Property Tax Payers Bill of Rights.

1. The Burden Of Proof Belongs to The County.

I join Commissioners Tom Mielke and Marc Boldt in calling for the burden of proof in appeals to be shifted from the land owner to the Assessor’s office. Currently during an appeal, the Assessor’s office is presumed to be right and the homeowner must bring evidence in to prove otherwise. Do you trust your government to be right?

2. Property Taxes From Government Land Purchases May Not Be Shifted.

When you buy land, you are responsible for the property taxes on the land. The Government should be no different. Instead when the government buys a piece of property the taxes are shifted to the other land owners in the taxing district pushing up property taxes. This practice threatens our rural communities.

3. Property Owners Must Be Notified of Impacts Prior to Zoning Changes.

Homeowners should never find out their property has been rezoned by seeing their assessed values jump. The entity changing the zoning, in conjunction with the Assessor’s office, should inform the home owner of the property tax implications of a zoning change. They must give impacted citizens time to appeal the zoning changes.

4. Government Projects Must Address Impacts on Home Value.

Whether it is BPA or the Columbia River Crossing, any major government project should address the impact on home values. Higher towers and bridge tolls will have an impact on our home values. It is time that the government specifically addresses the impact so citizens can make informed decisions.

5. Right of Farmers to Retire on Their Land.

The tax laws make it very difficult for farmers to retire on their land. Currently, if a farmer takes their land out of agricultural status they owe years of back taxes within 30 days! A farmer of retirement age should be able to continue living on his or her land. The family farm deserves protection.

Van Nortwick For Assessor

County Assessor is one of those elected offices that too many of us often ignore, paying attention to legislators, mayors and such. Peter has been reminding us of the importance of this job to maintain a fair level of revenues, not over taxing or under taxing anyone.

This isn’t a job just for anyone, but requires a skilled and trained professional. Trained in proper accounting and with the ability to oversee and properly manage a department that is currently being faced with budget decreases, as are others.

As much as any elected office, the office of County Assessor is a very important one and I invite you to learn more about Peter Van Nortwick, Republican for Clark County Assessor