5 Reasons to Vote NO on Prop. 1

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  • September 29, 2016
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We all support parks, but Prop 1 comes with a lot of issues. 1. Prop. 1 creates a new “forever” tax. Prop. 1 creates a new property tax on every … Continue Reading →


Authority to raise future taxes and issue debt.

Broad powers to tax and spend

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  • September 28, 2016
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Prop. 1 asks us to vote for two things – one is a property tax and the other is creation of a Metropolitan Park District (MPD). The MPD is the … Continue Reading →


If we pass Prop 1 we're stuck with it.

A Metro Park District is forever.

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  • September 26, 2016
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If citizens create an Metropolitan Park District (MPD) and then decide that was a mistake, it will be too late. Once we create the MPD, we citizens cannot “un-create” it. … Continue Reading →


$1.27 million in new taxes in 2017.

The annual levy will never expire.

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  • September 25, 2016
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Prop 1 includes a new levy on every home in the County outside of the City of Shelton. It is an annual assessment of $20 for every $100,000 of assessed … Continue Reading →


We'll pay twice for County Parks

Do we need two County Park authorities?

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  • September 24, 2016
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Mason County already has a Parks and Trails Department to maintain its parks. Prop. 1 will add another layer of expensive bureaucracy and will not benefit taxpayers. Prop 1 creates … Continue Reading →


Loss of local control

Five “at-large” representatives?

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  • September 23, 2016
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Parks are inherently a local issue and each region should have a voice in how their taxes are used. But under Prop 1, your part of the County may not … Continue Reading →


Uncertainty over future of existing parks

Who will control existing parks?

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  • September 22, 2016
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The County currently has 20 parks, comprising hundreds of acres worth millions of dollars. Will they stay with the County or be “given” to the new Metropolitan Park District?  If … Continue Reading →


But haven't Park funds been diverted?

Prop. 1 is not the answer to budget problems.

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  • September 21, 2016
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Reduced funding is the central rationale given by the Prop. 1 proponents. One even went so far as to write a letter to the editor which warned that if we … Continue Reading →


Fast track to ballot shortchanges citizens.

What’s the rush?

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  • September 20, 2016
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Prop. 1 seemed to pop up at the last minute. There has been scant time for voters to research and find answers to questions about this proposition. At the July … Continue Reading →


No plans. No budget. No timeline.

Prop. 1 is a blank check.

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  • September 19, 2016
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I don’t sign blank checks and I bet you don’t either. Yet neither the County commissioners or the Prop. 1 promoters have given us any specifics about their plans. No … Continue Reading →