Letters to the editor can be sent to Regional Executive Editor Eric Schwartz at eschwartz@yelmonline.com.

Enough is enough. 

I find it difficult to believe that the county wants us to vote on a tax increase of over $422,000,000.00 over the next 25 years because they intentionally chose not to do needed maintenance on our current courthouse. 

Commissioners Hutchings and Menser voted to delay cleaning and repairing the mansard roof with money already budgeted in 2020 ($250,000) until 2025. They want to degrade the existing courthouse to get people to vote for a new tax to build in Olympia that is not exclusive to building a new courthouse, per Thurston County Ordinance Number 15840 dated Nov.12, 2019. 

A 2016 MENG study of facilities’ conditions found a little over $22 million in deficiencies of maintenance. 

So now we are supposed to spend an extra $400 million over 25 years to build a new fictional courthouse? What will our children say when they have to share the burden? 

As a retired disabled master sergeant of the U.S. Army with limited income (but more than the level for tax relief), this is an attack against the citizens who rent and property ownership. I ask everyone to vote no against this 38.5 percent Thurston County General Fund tax increase that is not exclusive to building a new Thurston County courthouse.


Terry Stanley Ballard


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