Following  is  an update   of current status from the  co-sponsors, 2/3 Constitutional Amendment, 425-493-9127, tim_eyman@comcast.net, www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

“RE: There’s now another huge reason to ensure the success of our 2/3 Constitutional Amendment Initiative.

Last week, a mega-liberal initiative was filed. It’s a carefully crafted measure that guarantees billions of dollars in higher taxes. Here’s a story about it: EVERETT HERALD, April 7, 2014: BACKERS OF SMALLER CLASS SIZE WORK ON BALLOT MEASURE — “But the initiative carries a potentially large price tag and no means of generating revenue to pay for it. It could cost nearly $2.9 billion in the next two-year budget to pay for the added teachers and staff, (and) the tab would rise to $7.1 billion in the 2017-19 budget cycle.” http://heraldnet.com/article/20140407/NEWS01/140409275).

THAT’S HUGE!   Even before this, they are pushing for $3-$5 billion in higher taxes next year. This brand new initiative makes those tax increases EXPONENTIALLY higher. And THOSE INCREASES ARE ON TOP OF the massive $10-$12 billion in increased gas taxes.

We have a tremendous opportunity to protect ourselves from ALL these higher taxes with our 2/3 Constitutional Amendment Initiative. It’s the best way to protect everyone from next year’s endless parade of tax hikes. When it comes to Olympia raising taxes, next year is completely terrifying.

Initiative 1325 is the perfect insurance policy — it protects everyone regardless of the results of this November’s legislative races and this new mega-liberal, budget-busting, tax-hiking initiative.

Initiative 1325 is the most effective protection available.    Please help us ensure its success.

The signature drive for I-1325 is off to an explosive start! We’re moving full steam ahead on this critical effort.

What do we need RIGHT NOW?…Your financial support. We need a big war-chest to print up petitions and mail them to hundreds of thousands of voters throughout the state. We need your help.

Please contribute TODAY so this initiative effort is a success. Send us a donation for $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5000 or more (there are no limits on how much can be given). You can make a secure PayPal / VISA / MC contribution by going to our website — www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com — OR, you can print this form, fill it out, and return it with a check or credit card information. Either way, please send in your most generous donation RIGHT NOW. And please consider a monthly contribution. This initiative effort will be hard, but it will be worth it!

Please support our 2/3 Constitutional Amendment to guarantee permanent protection from higher taxes. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, initiative co-sponsors, 2/3 Constitutional Amendment, 425-493-9127, tim_eyman@comcast.net, www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

P.S. There are thousands of politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, and special interest groups working each and every day to raise your taxes. Shouldn’t there be at least one person, one team, one organization that fights to lower your taxes?

Please help us so we can continue our successful efforts on behalf of taxpayers.”  

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I  like many  of you  am fed up with  our  tax and spend  governments.   Every year I see more and more of my limited funds  being  spent by   politicians and  less  remaining  for my family  to  live on.

We  must  get  the  state  constitution changed and make it more difficult for the politicians to take our money and/or assets.

PLEASE HELP

Thanks, Bill

 

Oak Harbor’s 13th annual marathon had over 3000 participants running on Whidbey Island’s scenic roads. In addition the runners came with many family and friends to cheer them on.
The event even closed Deception Pass Bridge for a short time Sunday morning but there were few if any, complaints about inconveniences by island residents.

Participation was almost double that of last year’s marathon!
That happened, because of much hard work and dedication by organizer, Race Director Tamra Sipes.
She deserves a big “Thanks” from all of us

She’s also the talented person who successfully organizes the annual Festival of Trees fundraising banquet for Big Brother Big Sisters of Island County

With Tamra Sipes’s track record of success in such events maybe we should  get a majority of County, or at least Whidbey Island citizens to  draft  her to replace Commissioner Price-Johnson’s plan to waste $10,000,000.00 on a worthless plan replacing the Langley fair and converting the 12 ac property into an  “Island Event Center”  which  includes an organization to operate and maintain the property is a Public Development Authority (PDA)”

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This week on The Freedom Update – an obvious union backed candidate runs for state senate, the Department of Early Learning seeks parent input, and C-Tran approved $200,000 for an idea voters rejected.
If you think that government waste is hurting taxpayers, read and share this video and the articles linked below.

For those of you who wish to go directly to the blog posts featured in this video, you can find them here:

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Just 14 months ago, Jan 11, 2012, Fair Administrator Sandey Brandon said,
“It’s an honor to have these historic buildings put on the registry, and it makes us more determined to preserve and protect them, We’re all stewards of our fair buildings.”
Those are just empty words with nothing to back them it up from any one responsible

FAST FORWARD…Sandey Brandon CONTINUED HER SAGA WITH “The annual event – the FAIR – has fallen victim to the fairgrounds…, the Fair has slowly eroded over the past 50 years in order to sustain the fairgrounds, and the acceleration of the Fair’s demise is directly related to the structural and infrastructural deficiencies of the fairgrounds

WHY? Those issues should have been addressed starting about 20 years ago.  

That neglect has caused what exists today.  Island County owns the property and did not maintain it

Ownership of the property was transferred to County (Island County Citizens) by a legal entity,  but did County Commissioners fail to do their fiduciary duty in maintaining the citizens property

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Opponents of a $10.12 million, 10-year plan to change the Island County Fairgrounds got what they wanted: a slower, more public approach to saving the property.

 From this link

http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/253973321.html

Thanks  to all  of  you  for your  help in defeating this, another,  Commissioner Priceless-Johnson  boonhdoggle

I was unaware that Mayor Scott Dudley sent a letter to the Whidbey News Times commenting on the attacks that Keven Graves made about him in a recent editorial until someone who does receive the paper told me about it. I checked the Whidbey News Times website and it does not appear anywhere in the online edition. Apparently the Whidbey News Times reserves the space on their website only for those who do not disagree with the paper and the Keven Graves editorials…apparently Mr. Graves does not consider letters from our Mayor important enough to publish in his online edition. This is just more evidence of the agenda the Whidbey News Times clearly has.

UPDATE- The Whidbey News Times only today added the letter from the mayor to it’s website. The letter was received on the March 27th. It was published today on April 7th, 9 days later.

After the baseless attack on the Mayor in his editorial Keven Graves should do the right thing and at least give the Mayor a chance to refute his baseless claims. Apparently the Whidbey News Times could care less about fairness…

So in the interest in fairness we are publishing it here:

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What a bunch of double talking hypocrisy

Just 14 months ago, Jan 11, 2012, Fair Administrator Sandey Brandon said, 
“It’s an honor to have these historic buildings put on the registry, and it makes us more determined to preserve and protect them, We’re all stewards of our fair buildings.”

Fair officials continued with this 102 years history of the fair:

“For nearly 75 years, the Pole Building at the Island County Fairgrounds has been the first building fairgoers encountered when they passed through the gates. Recently, the iconic Pole Building and 13 other rustic barns on the fairgrounds were named to the Washington State Heritage Barn Registry.
The Island County Fairgrounds is the first in the state to have all its barns listed on the Washington State Registry.

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The following attached image pretty much sums up some of Island County residents feelings of

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recent additions to the Oak Harbor and Island County Police force.  How can we tell that the car in front of us or on the side of the road is a police car that we need to flag down in case of assistance?  At night we might not notice the small arial antennas and the small hidden light bars.  What other residence and I are asking is not a complete new paint job, just a contrasting color, reflective “POLICE” emblazoned on the sides, hood and trunk in large letters.  This way older residents and people in need may be able to clearly see these cars at night.  Some vehicles have a “ghosted” Police painted on the side you can barely see day or night and the colors look similar to the civilian painted version of the car.

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Below is the video presentation given to the Oak Harbor City Council and the Public on the removal of the Garry Oak Tree at the Oak Harbor Post Office. Cathy Rosen the Oak Harbor Public Works Director did an excellent job of presenting the facts surrounding the history of this Oak Tree. The report includes new information from Master Arborist Sean Dugan of Tree Solutions and information from Dr. Larry Cort the City Administrator concerning the laws we have to protect Oak Harbors Oak trees and the liability this tree presented to the city.

It was obvious that this tree was a hazard to the public and unfortunately did need to be removed. Beyond that the video below will answer the many question there are concerning the removal of this tree and the history of the attempts to save it. Video can be seen by clicking the “Read the rest of this entry »” below.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the establishment of a Waste Money Department
Helen Price-Johnson, Island County Commissioner, is appointed State Director of the new Waste Money function

Insleed said Price-Johnson’s proven expertise in 6 years of outstanding waste money matters for Island County will be very valuable in establishing and growing the State organization

 

Ex Commissioner Angie Homola will be Price-Johnson’s Sustainability Agenda 21 Planner especially her experience in “putting people where they belong” as she did in planing residential growth in Freeland GMS plan

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Camano Island, WA April 1, 2014 – Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson Reconsiders re-election bid.

In a stunning reversal of position over the weekend, Commissioner Kelly Emerson is reconsidering a bid for re-election to a second term this year. “I am deeply concerned about what Island County will look like if it continues down this path of left-leaning progressive control,” said Emerson.

Commissioner Emerson became severely disenchanted with the position after being joined on the board by an Oak Harbor republican whose first effort was for a tax increase. That same colleague later swayed the other Whidbey Island commissioner to aid in alienating Commissioner Emerson, the Camano Island representative, in an uncivilized takeover of board control.

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Warning! Do not let the County Fairgrounds steering committee control the outcome of the next public information meeting, April 2nd, 7:00 – 8:30pm, North Whidbey Middle School, Oak Harbor.

“Originally planned by the Island County Fairgrounds steering committee to be a sit-and-write your comments session.” South Whidbey Record

This “sit-and-write your comments” method can easily turn into “overwhelming support.” Commissioner Helen Price Johnson uses this tactic often to champion her agenda. For example, Price-Johnson receives 100 emails from “constituents.” Seventeen emails support the Fairgrounds proposal and the rest do not. Price-Johnson’s conclusion, “constituents overwhelmingly support the Fairgrounds proposal.”

People need to be loud and clear in their objections about a proposal to make over the Island County Fairgrounds during the meeting Wednesday night in Oak Harbor just like residents did in Langley.

The $10.12 million plan to redesign the Island County Fairgrounds public meeting March 26 at the Fairgrounds in Langley was a public relations flop,
One citizen who attended said,
“HPJ is the Nancy Pelosi in-training, of Island County! She did not make points this evening. I’m interested in attending this mouse and rat show when it comes to Oak Harbor. If Langley wants to invest in a dying fair, that’s Langley’s problem, not Island County. There were people there from Langley opposed to the McCarthy/HPG plan. Of about sixty attendees, maybe ten were for the plan”

Another taxpayer attending said “… meeting was a hoot”

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I am running for the Island County Commissioner, District #3 seat. Island County’s communities are very important to me.  I have been a resident since 1987.  I have given my time and skills to the Whidbey Playhouse, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 and Ladies Auxiliary, Mothers of Preschoolers, Toys for Tots, Oak Harbor High School Boosters, The Garage of Blessings, local military families in need of home maintenance/repair, and other community organizations.  I have built a trusted reputation of service, hard work, collaboration, knowledge, fair decisiveness, and accountability.

My goals as Island County Commissioner are:
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In the online edition of the News Times Keven Graves again stepped up to bat with another ill-informed editorial in “his” newspaper. His comments in this editorial shows just how low our local newspaper editor will go to attack those who they know so little about and have never spoken to.
In this editorial he states:

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