- Their organ donation cards also list their grants.
- Salmon list them as their emergency contacts.
- They've brought in over $12 million in grants, which used to be a lot of money.
- Orca and sand lances live vicariously through them.
- Our Prosecuting Attorney questions them, just because they're interesting.
Our Prosecuting Attorney doesn't even provide legal advice to the average taxpaying San Juan County citizen, but somehow Zee and Lyshall have been able to get Gaylord to act as the Conservation District legal advisor on occasion (see emails below). How do they do that? How is it that taxpayers can't get legal advice from our Prosecuting Attorney, but the Conservation District is able to get free legal help? Talk about a sweet deal ... the Conservation District doesn't even pay taxes; in fact, they get taxes. The Conservation District meddles in our County affairs; they receive tax money from us; and then on top of that, they get free legal advice from our Prosecuting Attorney too.
It's ... just ... mind ... boggling.
Below are some emails from the Conservation District regarding their involvement with Gaylord. The first email describes the critical assistance the Conservation District received from Gaylord regarding CD plans for an increased tax assessment. The second email is interesting for what it doesn't say. It was redacted because the County claimed attorney-client privilege between the Prosecuting Attorney and the Conservation District. The only trouble with that excuse is that it isn't true. As mentioned, the Conservation District is definitely not the client of our Prosecuting Attorney.
Remember, the Conservation District doesn't always scam people, but when they do, they ... oh who am I kidding, they always scam people.
From: Bruce Gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org>Board,
Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM
Subject: Re: Re-writing the C.D. Assessment Ordinance!
To: Madrona Institute <email@example.com>
OH Boy...I am glad I went. It was Randy only. Today was the 1st touch meeting. He grabbed me and we had a pre-testimony conference out side the C.C. chamber. Thank goodness they were running late!
Randy gave the legal background on the issue. I gave the overview of what we have accomplished already and need to do.
We have had:
Board discussion. Mimic Island County, .05 per acre. We have had meeting with Assessor & Treasurer. They are happy because they will be able to pay for the needed changes in software and implementation with part of the funds collected (as per RCW).
Randy is writing the new C.D. Assessment Ordinance that will update and supersede Ord. # 23-2010.
We should set a date for a public meeting by this Friday. (For a meeting in Nov.) I suppose you could roll this into a board meeting but change the location of the meeting like we did in 2010 when this happened for the previous ordinance. We need two weeks outreach based upon the RCW 89-00-040. (Although Randy conceded this was out of the time line presented in the RCW which is set up for the usual approach and not a re-active re-authorizing so he was okay with working outside the stated timeline).
We need to make sure we have support in writing from Assessor & Treasurer that this will be a revenue neutral cost .i.e. the added income will pay for the process needed in assessment changes in Treasurer and Assessor office. This would support Randy's work on the wording.
The second touch is Oct. 29, special Monday C.C. meeting. I would suspect Randy will have his draft done by then and present it.
So, some timely decisions from the board or Chair, another discussion or two, a public meeting in Nov. 2012. Remember we have to accomplish this before the end of Dec. 2012 for the 2013 tax year.
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