I'm a resident of Edgemoor and support the proposed Chuckanut Community Forest District. A "yes" vote will permanently protect this unique forested complex, commonly known as the 100 Acre Wood.
When I moved to Bellingham six months ago, I purchased my home, in part, because of its proximity to the 100 Acre Wood. The benefits I gain from living near this parcel outweigh the approximate $100 a year in additional property taxes I may pay to preserve it.
Reasons to vote "yes" and preserve one of the last large wooded areas in the city are:
1. To improve local property values.
2. To provide easy local access to the Interurban Trail.
3. To provide a buffer against flooding and protect wetlands and two salmon streams.
4. To continue providing a locale for summer day camps used extensively by youth and church groups
Arguments against the district center on the perception that it may unfairly tax Southside residents and commissioners may abuse their authority. I will not be unfairly taxed by this measure. I benefit directly from the 100 Acre Wood's proximity; it enhances the value of my property and I have easy access to the area. Washington has a long and successful history of establishing metropolitan park districts during which time elected commissioners have worked responsibly on behalf of residents.
I encourage Southside residents to support this issue.