I wish I could tell you that things are better but they aren’t. I am disappointed that the council approved money to train a paramedic for Point Roberts only to have that person removed from his duties.
We also approved a Point Roberts Advisory Committee. I hope the advisory committee helps the greater Point Roberts community have more of a say in how you are treated by Whatcom County government.
I didn’t support the budget that was just passed because I don’t believe Whatcom County has done a good job of prioritizing our needs over our wants, and we continue to have shrinking revenues, so it has to be done. I had many ideas, including consolidation of departments, which would keep our front line people serving the public, while reducing some of the management, but most of my amendments didn’t pass.
So, because I really can’t think of anything good about government right now I will keep this short.
Instead I want to tell everyone, thank you for re-electing me so I can continue to keep trying to reduce costs and improve services. I will leave you with a something I heard a long time ago: “A vision is not an event. It is a journey to the light and the answers.” I am still on that journey and I look forward to working with many of you to get to the answers.
Happy New Year and, although I am not optimistic, I am hopeful!