As a resident of McCleary for more than 65 years, I have seen a lot of changes, good and bad, in our city. The community support of our good citizens has brought a tear of joy to my eyes many times. But these times we now are experiencing are very heavy on my heart.
A stale, shrinking economy, combined with extremely high water and sewer bills, and already high taxes, are steadily taking its toll on the many retired, fixed income residents of McCleary. There are also many low income residents in McCleary.
Mayor Gary Dent and the majority of his councilmen seem to think that McCleary voters have a never ending supply of income.
I think they are completely out of touch with the very people who elected them.
I have nothing against our police department, but the taxpayers of McCleary just can’t afford to keep paying $470,000 a year for a three-man police department, especially when there is a perfectly good alternative of contracting with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office for far less money.
There is a reason why more than 50 cities or entities already contract with their local sheriffs. It is financially the best way for McCleary voters to go. My vote is “No” on both upcoming propositions. I hope yours will be, too.