WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Children – Our future benefit or future cost

Steve Salisbury’s view on Lincoln County measure 21-144
Tax proposal to fund the Lincoln County Children’s Trust

Now that we all have our ballots, many of you like me will fill them out and drop them off this weekend. It is a difficult challenge to separate fiction from fact on most offices and particularly measures. Does a No vote actually mean Yes when applied by a team of legal word smiths? It took me several reads and hours of study of the voters pamphlet. It was riddled with ambiguities that only one who could see the actual laws on the books today could properly analyze.

One measure however, jumped off the pages that needs little explanation. That is the measure 21-144 for the Children’s Trust of Lincoln County. The cases of abused children in Lincoln County have increased over 50% due in large part to the poor economy. Yet the donations and grant funds upon which the Children’s Advocacy Center is totally dependent have fallen by 50%. Talk about the perfect humanitarian storm, this is it.

These abused children, left untreated, will become one of our communities most expensive problems in the future. My wife and I have no local children or grandchildren. Yet, we are more than willing to pay 35 cents per thousand of Assessed Value as it will dramatically reduce our costs going forward. For the average county tax payer this means less than $120/year or less than $10/month. That is one car wash, one drive through lunch or two Grande Lattes per month. $120/year? How much do healthy children mean to you?

I am not wealthy. But I do however understand a good investment when I see one. And frankly, this is one of the few that I can see on this ballot. Whether you are an absentee owner or one who rents your home, this is the best investment you will ever make. The lifetime cost to the community for one victim is $210,000. Please vote for the Children. Vote Yes on 21-144.

Steve Salisbury
Newport, OR

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