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Phase 2 owners left out of vote | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Thoughts from a property owner slated for Phase 2 of the Freeland Water and Sewer District sewer project.

Why are the assessments to be based on the “highest and best use” as stated in the Macaulay Special Benefits Report? Because it’s the commercial property owners, developers and real estate agents who are going to benefit from a sewer system! The residents are being dragged into this in order to obtain massive financing. Please look at the current plan and notice that doesn’t even include the cost of improvements for each property.

What’s the downside to “highest and best use”?

Crippling residential debt, dense housing, stormwater runoff that goes untreated and pollutes our harbor (it’s not considered in the current sewer plan), increased traffic, and, of course, more money out of my pocket into the various forms of government, to name a few.

There is no benefit at all for me, the property owner who intends to keep the property undeveloped and beautiful.

I knew the problems were just beginning when I saw the unrealistic population figures in the Freeland Subarea Plan and the intended rezoning of hundreds of parcels. I saw problems looming on the horizon when the capital facilities plan portion of the Freeland Subarea Plan makes grandiose statements about providing sewers for the new and existing populace.

I have a wonderful water well and septic system. My septic system is in good working order; it’s been “certified” and approved as required by Island County Health Department. Why do I need a sewer?

But what really upsets me is the fact that I am not serviced by the Freeland Water and Sewer District in any way nor is my property within the district boundary. I will have no vote in the November elections for the two commissioner positions on the ballot!

It’s scary that the current commissioners plan to dictate my life by encumbering me with heavy debt for the next umpteen years. How unfair; how un-American!

PAM NESCHKE

Freeland

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