Leaning against the Land Bank | Letters
October 25, 2011 · Updated 5:01 PM
Regarding the Land Bank and its ballot measure for funding in the Nov. 8, 2011 general election.
I heard Ron Whalen speak in opposition at the League of Women Voters’ general election forum Oct. 3, 2011.
I was proud to have paid my 1 percent tax when I became property owner in 1992. I was proud to vote yes for the Land Bank’s previous request for continued funding.
I am doubtful I can vote yes this time and okay 14 years of funding to the Land Bank.
My question to voters is: has the Land Bank become such a sacred cow in San Juan County that we cannot consider critical questions in making our decision on how to vote on this issue?
What is the mission of the Land Bank? How is the Land Bank in or not in compliance with its mission statement?
With the local and national economy in questionable shape now, what will it be in five years or ten years, let alone 14 years? And how will the Land Bank affect that?
I understand that Lincoln Bormann, director of the San Juan County Land Bank, said in a letter to the editor of the Island Guardian, “If the Land Bank is not renewed it won’t go out of existence.”
I have never stood in an election booth and approved 14 years of funding for anybody.
I don’t think I can start in November.
Deanna Spooner Sundstrom
San Juan Island