While I'm not commenting on the recalls that are out there, I do have some thoughts that I feel should be aired. First, to have two commissioners that have barely got their feet wet after only six months on the board to become as active as they have suggests that the libertarianism of their sponsor, namely Larry Spencer, should have been our first clue.
When, after chief Krill's study was complete, and it became obvious that the budget needed help, the commissioners had several choices. One, and the one I would have supported, would have been to spell out the choices, including a levy, then presenting these choices to the electorate. Krill made it plain that one of two things were going to happen. Either higher homeowners insurance rate, or higher taxes. He also pointed out that the higher taxes would be dwarfed by the higher insurance rates. He was shouted down as threatening the district's population with pressure tactics. It turns out he was dead on. Never, was loss of local control ever on the table.
Perhaps he over reacted in pulling as many units out of service for safety inspections, but maybe the intransigence of the board of commissioners forced him into a dramatic act.
The bottom line here is that these newcomers to the board ran for office for specific reasons and had a preconceived agenda. Once elected, one wonders where Spencer is. Perhaps he has thrown his own disciples under the bus. There are other choices. Unfortunately the electors may make them for the commissioners. The moral here is do not ever, especially in a small community, think you are smarter that those that you supposedly represent. Personally, I support the dissolution of Timberlake and return to Bayview Fire District as it was just a few years ago. Soon we will lose our representation on the board, when as announced, Kirk Quillan will resign to be replaced by a minority Bonner county commissioner, elected by a fraction of those in the district as whole. Perhaps it is time for secession.
We are a conservative area, in a conservative state. That doesn't mean the people do not want their voices heard. I think the commissioners have stepped in do-do and could very well be thrown out. The resignation of Weise followed by his reconsideration is a clue to the motives of the board. They could have, and should have magnanimously accepted his reinstatement, but chose to follow the low road, elimination of a vote against the majority agenda. I am, as well as many others, displeased.
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