TEN REASONS TO REJECT THE NEW JAIL TAX
TAKE ACTION: REJECT PROPOSITION 2017-6
Reporting by Julliette Daniels (Licensed Attorney), by David Camp (CPA), and by Tip Johnson (Journalist). Visit Northwest Citizen to read their comprehensive reporting on this issue and to review the facts that prove Proposition 2017-6 is a bad deal for local tax payers.
Not only is jail expansion immoral, it is also bad business and a bad deal for Whatcom County tax payers.
Whatcom County citizens already pay taxes to fund public safety. What we currently have to show for our investment is a poorly run facility that is fraught with waste and mistreatment, one that prioritizes money collection and profit over improving community and restoring lives. We believe the money already exists to renovate the current jail and to focus on true rehabilitation for inmates.
Jail expansion means increasing taxes, increasing prison capacity, and increasing the number of citizens who will be jailed to meet that capacity. History has shown that if the cages are built, they will be filled.