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PRESS RELEASE #3 and List of Volunteers
On July 25, 2017, the Whatcom County Council is scheduled to hold a hearing to gather public comment on a proposed resolution providing for submission to the voters of Whatcom County at the next General Election, to be held on November 7, 2017, an advisory ballot seeking citizen input regarding the use of eminent domain by pipeline companies to take property rights from private landowners for use in oil and gas pipelines in Whatcom County. If the resolution is approved, the Council must appoint committees on the 25th to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet (see attached press release for additional information).

PRESS RELEASE #2 and List of Volunteers 
On July 11, 2017, the Whatcom County Council adopted Ordinance No. 2017-037, submitting to the voters of Whatcom County a ballot proposition to authorize a sales and use tax for public safety purposes. The Council must appoint committees to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet on this proposition. The Council will appoint committee members at its regular 7 p.m. meeting on July 25, 2017. More Information here.

PRESS RELEASE #1 and List of Volunteers
Last month the Whatcom County Council received a petition to form a park and recreation district on Lummi Island.  Per state law, the Council has officially received the petition and held a public hearing on the proposal.  The Council is now required to establish the boundaries of the proposed district, establish its name, and forward the proposal to the Auditor, calling for an election of the property owners residing within the proposed district boundaries to determine whether the district shall be formed and if a property tax levy shall be imposed to fund recreational facilities.  The Council must appoint committees to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet on this proposition.  The Council will appoint committee members at its regular 7 p.m. meeting on July 25, 2017. More Information here.

Councilmembers are Todd Donovan, Carl Weimer, Rud Browne, Barbara Brenner, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu, and Barry Buchanan
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PRESS RELEASE #3 and List of Volunteers
On July 25, 2017, the Whatcom County Council is scheduled to hold a hearing to gather public comment on a proposed resolution providing for submission to the voters of Whatcom County at the next General Election, to be held on November 7, 2017, an advisory ballot seeking citizen input regarding the use of eminent domain by pipeline companies to take property rights from private landowners for use in oil and gas pipelines in Whatcom County. If the resolution is approved, the Council must appoint committees on the 25th to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet (see attached press release for additional information). 

PRESS RELEASE #2 and List of Volunteers
On July 11, 2017, the Whatcom County Council adopted Ordinance No. 2017-037, submitting to the voters of Whatcom County a ballot proposition to authorize a sales and use tax for public safety purposes. The Council must appoint committees to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet on this proposition. The Council will appoint committee members at its regular 7 p.m. meeting on July 25, 2017. More information here.

PRESS RELEASE #1 and List of Volunteers
Last month the Whatcom County Council received a petition to form a park and recreation district on Lummi Island.  Per state law, the Council has officially received the petition and held a public hearing on the proposal.  The Council is now required to establish the boundaries of the proposed district, establish its name, and forward the proposal to the Auditor, calling for an election of the property owners residing within the proposed district boundaries to determine whether the district shall be formed and if a property tax levy shall be imposed to fund recreational facilities.  The Council must appoint committees to prepare pro and con statements for the local voters’ pamphlet on this proposition.  The Council will appoint committee members at its regular 7 p.m. meeting on July 25, 2017. More information here.

Information related to potential legislation in response to the Supreme Court decision of Hirst et al v. Whatcom County:
 
Whatcom County Critical Areas Ordinance Update 

Whatcom County Cherry Point UGA Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Documents and Citizen Comments 


The Whatcom County Council has convened the
Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force and the Jail Stakeholder Workgroup**
 to work on incarceration and jail issues in Whatcom County.
**Please note that the Jail Stakeholder Workgroup has disbanded.
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