Here is some of the basic information on the election on creating a Metro Park District in south Bellingham. It is not easy to learn what and who is on the ballot and who they are. Our Auditor election page tends to bury issues in a very orderly way. There is no online voters guide for the 9 candidates for the commission offices. There is no date for when the ballots are mailed. I phoned the Auditor office and was told the ballots are mailed tomorrow, Friday, Jan 25.
Above is a pdf of the ballot - as taken from the Auditor Election page.
Here is a link to what passes as the online voters guide - which is about the yes or no to create the Park District. Nothing online about the candidates. I am inviting all 9 candidates to feel free to submit a statement and photo of themselves and I will post them here - and allow comments to each statement. The proponents show the statements of 6 candidates and state that only these candidates agree to some terms. So I really would like to get the statements from the three other candidates.
Here is a link to the proponents website
Update: A Facebook page has existed for the Park advocates. Unfortunately, they do not provide a link to it from their website. Here it is. Some interesting info is there.
Update: here is link to one website in opposition.
Here is the Auditor's Election web page.
Click here to download a pdf file of the ballot - as is found on the Auditor's website.
I live on the south side and will be voting on this issue and for 5 of the candidates. If passed, I'll be paying a minimum of $800 in taxes over the next 10 years for this one measure. I am very interested myself to learn more before voting.
I may add to this article if more links or basic info seems appropriate.
And I invite all the 9 candidates to submit statements.