The following editorial on Ballot Measure 21-203 reflects strictly the views and opinions of the author, Bruce Trent. Others have differing viewpoints of NewsLincolnCounty.com and its staff. Mr. Trent will Vote No On Ballot Measure 21-203 – Protect Your Property Rights (Opinion)
By Bruce Trent – submitter: While most of the debate around voting no on ballot measure 21-203 has focused on the loss of revenue, jobs, county transient room tax and tourism, what is also at stake is the individual property owner’s rights. A subset of Lincoln County residents wants to take away legal, managed and regulated uses of private property in R-1, R-1A and R-2 zoning areas. What was legal and allowable uses of our property when we purchased it would be gone if 21-203 were to be passed.
Most of what measure 21-203 seeks has already been addressed by the Lincoln County Commissioners. Strengthening oversight, limits and caps to assure livability, frequent inspections and strict licensing requirements.
What 21-203 is proposing is that Lincoln County Commissioners did not undertake their 5 (five) year phase out of all STR’s. The phase out only impacts unincorporated areas. This is a blatant attempt to target a small subset of the entire Lincoln County community and property owners. Today they target unincorporated Lincoln County, tomorrow maybe you? STR’s for sure play a role in the economy and employment of individuals within Lincoln County, this cannot be denied.
I urge all registered voters to vote NO – a message is that groups or individuals attempting to take away individual rights will not be tolerated in our county!
Miroco (Unincorporated Lincoln County