Sheriff backs 'Yes' vote on Prop. 1 | Letters
July 16, 2012 · Updated 8:20 PM
Public safety is the fundamental core function of government. The safety of our island communities is one of the reasons that we live here, and why the San Juan Islands are such a desirable place to both live and visit.
It is all about the quality of life that we all enjoy here.
Since 2008, county government has been cutting expenses and personnel to keep a balanced budget in this difficult economy. Projections for next year are no different, with another shortfall anticipated.
San Juan County voters have a Public Safety Sales Tax measure to decide on the August ballot. The measure, approved unanimously by the County Council, would authorize an additional 3/10 of 1 percent sales tax to preserve and protect existing public safety programs and services. The tax would add 3 cents to every $10 taxable purchase.
For literally pennies per local purchase, we can protect our local public safety services; sheriff patrols, 9-1-1 dispatch, jail, criminal prosecution and courts. With a sales tax, everybody pays to support these core services — residents and visitors alike.
Please join me in voting “Yes” for the Public Safety Sales Tax. It is a vital step in protecting the treasure that we all call home.
Rob Nou/San Juan County Sheriff