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Observations 3/21: revenue streams, combined tax district, & more

Sunday, March 27, 2011 @ 06:03 PM
posted by mike

From combined notes by PLIC board members, comments by Task Force vice-chair Diane Harper, and input from attendee Terry Terry: Task Force Observations 3-21

A wide range of ideas floated from the floor after Jim Dickinson gave a report on some ideas of how additional revenue could stem from (a.) a combined tax district with the City of Bellingham where most ferry traffic flows, relieving all of the burden from falling on unincorporated areas; (b.) a back-up ferry that could be contracted for hauling propane service vehicles on a route to Orcas Island, and (c.) renting the Whatcom Chief for special events, such as weddings.

Attendees spoke to issues such as revenue generation from marketing Island events and the Whatcom  Chief, from a combined Lummi Nation/Lummi Island tax district, from grants, from naming rights, and from a closer review of cost allocations.