Will Yelm residents vote themselves a tax levy on-average of $100 per year for 25 years with these issues below, giving their wallets a one-two stomach-punch?
And remember, the Yelm City Council will still impose their mandated sewer & water rate increases on their residents’ backs in the next few years.
1. “JBLM civilian furloughs to start this week through Sept.”
“Beginning this week, more than 10,000 civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be taking unpaid Friday furloughs, according to an updated JBLM operations plan.
More than 10,000 civilian employees will take one unpaid day off each week for 11 weeks through the end of September. The furloughs were mandated by the Pentagon due to federal spending reductions,” quoting the Friday, July 12 edition of the Nisqually Valley News.
2. Army to cut thousands of JBLM troops
“A decade of war-driven growth at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is coming to an end. The Army on Tuesday ] [June 25] announced plans to trim the ranks of active-duty soldiers at Lewis-McChord by 4,500 troops over the next few years, mostly by eliminating one of its three marquee Stryker brigades.”
“‘Of course we hate to see them go,’ said Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson, whose city estimates that 10 percent of its residents are active-duty military service members,” quoting Adam Ashton in the Tacoma News Tribune.
Yelm’s Mayor Ron Harding touts that over 30 percent of Yelm residents are active-duty military service members, so this is going to hurt here much more, especially since Yelm has no manufacturing/industrial job opportunities, only a few service-sector openings (i.e. restaurants & Wal-Mart) from time-to-time.
3. “Gas Prices on the Rise”
Gasoline prices may hit record highs this summer.
From. NBC Nightly News on July 14, 2013.
With Yelm as a bedroom community for JBLM, Olympia & Tacoma requiring long daily commutes to work, this will also hurt Yelm-area residents more than most.
And City of Yelm & Chamber of Commerce officials are pulling-out the stops to get voters to impose a tax on themselves of over $100 on-average for 25 years each, all for the luxury of a Yelm City Park overhaul!
Can’t we defer this until times are better for our residents?