Proposition 14-7 provides a wonderful opportunity for the people of Benton County to invest in a natural resources conservation and development program that will be a boon for the community.
Unfortunately, some are bemoaning the imposition of “another tax,” but such a reaction misses the point. Although no one likes paying unnecessary taxes. The fact is that services, facilities and amenities cost money. The real issue, then, is whether a desired result is worth paying for. If people do not believe that the preservation of natural habitat and the creation of access to recreation spaces in Benton County is worth an investment of about $12 per year for the average homeowner, then they should say so. If they don’t want to support their community in this manner, then they should admit that, but they shouldn’t just hide behind an objection to “another tax”. We have a chance to make a significant contribution to the quality of life in Benton County, and I would like to think that most people are discerning enough to get beyond the tax rhetoric and see the bigger picture.
Proposition 14-7 asks people to invest in the future of their community in a manner that has been used extensively and successfully throughout Washington, at a cost that is extremely low, and for recreation opportunities that will benefit current and future generations. I hope you will join me in supporting it.
— CHRIS DORAN, Richland