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Assault on the Tax Base

In Hirst Decision, News, Wake Up Whatcom by Ashley Butenschoen

Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, lays out the case for why the property taxes in Whatcom County have increased sharply and will continue to into the future unless the political leaders stop reducing our tax base by regulatory takings or the voters continue to approve huge independent, self-imposed taxation upon themselves. The Whatcom Business Alliance has provided a link to …

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Press Alert: Wake Up Whatcom County Rally

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by Ashley Butenschoen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   “Wake Up Whatcom County” Rally in Bellingham on May 16th Local organizations team up to highlight the crippling regulatory environment Bellingham, Washington – May 12, 2017 – The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) Cherry Point Coalition, Common Threads NW, the Associated General Contractors of Washington, Whatcom Family Farmers and hundreds of supporters concerned about Whatcom County’s economic …

Local View: Anti-growth interests obstruct new jobs, affordable housing

In Hirst Decision, News by Ashley Butenschoen

A word from Senator Doug Ericksen: Whatcom County decision shows need for household-well legislation This week Whatcom County announced a 6-month moratorium on new wells, stopping new construction in rural areas. This ought to show everyone that last year’s Hirst decision by the state Supreme Court has created a crisis the Legislature must address. The ruling imposes costly and likely …