Commissioners shouldnt give up control
July 4, 2008 · Updated 1:21 PM
The Kitsap County Commissioners are elected to act on behalf of the citizens of this county. They have relegated their responsibilities to an unelected layer of quasi government, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). Yes, they are elected and have the authority to govern for the people residing in Kitsap County. They should not give their power to PSRC.
They say that they wont have enough funding; it must come through PSRC. A comparable county, Thurston, has proven that this is not true. Figures have shown that, if done properly by the elected officials and their staff, a smaller county can do very well on its own.
Kitsap County is unique. Why do the commissioners want all of the control which they now have, given to PSRC? Are they not proud of our county? Do they not want us to remain unique? If we remain in PSRC, we will be forced to come under the same rules and regulations as three large counties, King, Pierce, and Snohomish, and by extension, more like them.
I urge you to ask your commissioner to remove Kitsap County from PSRC as soon as possible.