Letters to the Editor

What are the consequences of incorporation?

The time is fast approaching for the voters within the proposed “Incorporated Silverdale City” boundaries to vote for “Incorporation”. What are some real consequences of this act of incorporation?

Over the years “Un-incorporated Silverdale” has been allowed to evolve into a regional economic powerhouse. During this build out the tax-payers of Kitsap County have subsidized the installation of state of the art infrastructure, such as streets, sidewalks, water, electricity, gas, sewage treatment, fire and police protection, for the residences and businesses of “Un-incorporated Silverdale.”

The entire population of Kitsap County has become dependent on the millions of tax dollars that flow into the common coffers of Kitsap County. A large part of the cost of paying a family wage to an un-incorporated Kitsap County fire fighter, the fine Kitsap County Sheriff’s office protection, the skilled persons who maintain the Kitsap County infrastructure, schools, and institutions, comes directly from Silverdale generated tax dollars.  Remove these tax dollars, to install a new political power base, and even that chuck hole, in the road to Holly, will not be filled in a timely manner.

For the sake of all the residents of Kitsap County, and especially in these troubled economic times, the proponents of “Silverdale Incorporation” should have an epiphany and recognize that an “Un-incorporated Silverdale” has become too big to fail.

Cliff Kincaid

Bremerton

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