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Invest in the future, 'Yes' on Prop. 1 | Letters
Voters are currently deciding the fate of the Land Bank.
As I'm sure just about everyone knows by now, it is funded by a 1 percent excise tax when someone buys property anywhere in San Juan County. Approval of Proposition No. 1 would allow this to continue for another 12-year period.
Along the way, we've heard people suggest such alternatives as "it should be renewed year-by-year", or "reduce it to 1/2 percent", or even "use themoney to build a swimming pool". As none of these choices are on the ballot, it's a yes or no question.
Although people who have proposed these ideas typically pose as supporters of the organization, including the Journal and Sounder, in reality they are simply catering to those who want the Land Bank to go away for good. Who doesn't believe in having Land Bank preserves or easements keeping private property undeveloped?
Don't be fooled. The choice is between keeping what makes our community unique and adds to our quality of life and economic vitality, or jettisoning it, for what exactly? More houses? Less agricultural land? Less walking trails?
The choice is clear. Vote "Yes" on Proposition No. 1 to renew our Land Bank. It is for all of us and the future of our children and grandchildren.
Richard W. Hobbs
San Juan Island