I’m Robert Dashiell, and I live on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
As a citizen of this island, I want our public agencies to deliver sensible and necessary services at a cost effective rate.
That is not always happening now.
This blog is intended to get more Bainbridge citizens thinking about how our taxes and fees are being used, or in some cases, misused.
Bainbridge Island is a 27 square mile accumulation of glacial till, rocks, and hard clay that survived the landscape scouring of the last glacial ice age some 13,000 years ago and what used to be a primarily rural and quiet summer beach houses and bedroom community from the urban complexities of Seattle, Washington.
This island paradise used to be relatively rural and quiet, “not just like everywhere else.” That is rapidly changing … being just 6.5 miles from Seattle by ferry, increasing density and economic development is eroding the quiet and peaceful life that once was. With these changes, there comes more government and institutions to maintain the services a growing City requires. Citizens pay taxes and fees for these civic requirements when the statements and bills arrive, and very few have the background, time, or desire to understand what really happens with their taxes and fees … are we getting good value, or is our money being used frivolously?
There is a largely untold side to the public press releases, campaign claims, and use of public monies on Bainbridge Island (ditto everywhere else, but I live here). I enjoy researching and exposing what isn’t said in those carefully crafted public engagement press releases, campaign claims, and decisions and policies that managers and elected or appointed officials would prefer not to be made public.
The intent of this blog is to make the public entities on Bainbridge Island better by being more forthright, honest, non-deceptive, transparent, and efficient. Exposing the general citizenry to “the other half of the story” is the intent of these research efforts, including some big issues, but many relatively minor.
Why bother small, detail issues? The time tested saying “fix the small things, and the big ones will tend to fix themselves” is the foundation for the small details approach.
Disclaimer: All postings and opinions are those of Robert Dashiell. Ditto typos.