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The following views and opinions by Bruce Trent are strictly his own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com or its staff.

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Vote No On Ballot Measure 21-203 – Protect Your Property Rights (Opinion)

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 proposes that the Lincoln County Commissioners did not undertake is the 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 and send a message, that message is that groups or individuals attempting to take away individual rights will not be tolerated in our county!

Bruce Trent

Miroco (Unincorporated Lincoln County)

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