Kraft will be an honest official | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
January 9, 2012 · Updated 9:25 AM
To the editor:
Did you know that Diking District No. 1 Commissioner Ray Gabelein tried to tax all residents in Diking District 1 to pay for the pump project to de-water the wetlands? This is an inconvenient truth that Ray doesn’t want you to know.
In 2007, Diking District 1 passed and Ray Gabelein signed Resolution 2007-4. It was submitted to the country to collect $300,000 from all parties in the district. Island County refused to send out this requested tax as it was considered illegal (the residents were never notified and no public hearings held). So Diking District 1 then decided to tax only the “benefitted” residents. Island County sent out the tax bills despite knowing that the
“benefitted” residents were never notified or public hearings held. A former Island County commissioner has told me that he personally told Mr. Gabelein that as a public official he was legally obligated to notify the residents about the pump and its costs. Since Ray Gabelein failed to provide notification and hold hearings, I can only conclude that he knowingly violated the law. Judge Vickie Churchill has recently ruled that Diking District 1 had in fact acted illegally.
Several months ago I requested that Diking District 1 provide me copies of Resolutions 2007-1, 2007-2 and 2007-3 as well as the minutes of the 2007 meetings. I was told that all these records are missing despite a legal obligation to maintain them. Furthermore,
Mr. Gabelein and Commissioner Steve Arnold cannot remember anything about the missing resolutions. These commissioners appear to be simultaneously suffering from selective memory deficit disorder. Can you spell cover-up?
If you would like greater honesty, integrity and transparency in Diking District 1, vote for Tom Kraft. Whidbey Island deserves better.