Wake Up Whatcom Coalition Concerns

 

 

Regulations, moratoriums and poor public policy will cripple our economy and ruin our ability to protect our cherished environment and quality of life.
Our farmers face unbearable environmental regulation – they can’t make a living.
Our property rights are diminishing while our property taxes are increasing.
Our best, highest paying employers face restrictions on their businesses – they may leave.
Our tax revenues that fund our schools, roads, and services and our quality of life are at risk.

Save our Farms!
• Regulators want to save farmland, but are destroying farm operations and farmers.
• Expanding arbitrary wetland buffers removes usable farmland, lowers yields and income.
• No access to water = No farmers = No farms = No food.
• Ever-increasing regulation stifles small farmers and local farm-to-table initiatives.
• If small, organic and family farms can’t compete – large corporations will dominate.
• Trust our farmers; they know the land best, they protect the land best – it’s their business, and our future.

Protect our Property Rights!
• The County Council failed to plan for water use, lost the Hirst decision, then:
o Immediately placed a building moratorium in October 2016.
o Had until May 2017 to find solutions or offer relief, but took no reasonable action.
o Ignored hundreds of citizens’ pleas for help, leaving some families bankrupt.
• Over 3,500 private lots are near valueless without wells or access to water service
o $200,000,000 to $270,000,000 in property value taken from innocent people!
o $200,000,000 to $270,000,000 taken from our tax base!
• We have increasing homelessness and an affordable housing crisis. Without rural development, affordable housing will be scarcer as urban density grows.

Preserve our Jobs!
• Cherry Point industries provide over 2,000 family wage jobs, 11% of total county jobs.
• The refineries are environmentally responsible, and economically vital to our local and state economy. The refineries:
o Contribute over $50M/yr to support state-wide environmental clean-up initiatives.
o Pay average wages over $110,000/yr, vs. the county average of under $45,000.
o Provide over $200M a year in taxes to our schools and our local services.
• They are the cornerstone of our local economy.  They provide for our basic necessities, plastics for our kayaks, fuel for our farms, and the pay taxes to fund our parks and trails.
If businesses can’t grow, they can’t compete. They will fail or leave. Our community will suffer.