The Thurston County Commissioners have decided to ban fireworks as one of their high priorities this month, and they have squeezed in a public hearing on Monday so that they can start the fireworks jihad before the July 4th holiday.
Thurston County Commissioners Wolfe and Romero are ramping up their legislative agenda as both retire from the Thurston County Commission at the end of this year. If the Thurston County Duo succeed in their efforts to ban fireworks, Thurston will be the sixth Washington State county to do so, but only the second one on the wet side of the state. The five counties who already have fireworks bans are Franklin, Okanogan, San Juan, Spokane and Yakima counties. For a complete list of counties and cities who have firework restrictions of some kind you can read the list linked here.
Commissioner Bud Blake is the only sane voice on the commision,
but he is outvoted right now by the Romero/Wolfe Duopoly. Many residents of Thurston County view the next six months as Wolfe and Romero’s final scorched earth campaign to inflict as much harm, damage, and nanny-state programs on the residents of Thurston County as possible. Then the two aging politicians plan to retire on their taxpayer funded six-figure retirement packages and enjoy the show. The Duo are also attempting to help their hand-picked candidate Jim Cooper who is running for Commissioner by passing as many ordinances as possible. The theory is Jim Cooper can focus on his goals of imposing a local income tax and other taxes and programs of wisdom instead of dealing with pedestrian goals like fireworks bans. If you want to know your alternatives to Jim, read this article.
In addition to the proposed fireworks ban for all of Thurston County, they are planning to implement gems of innovative political genius like the following:
- Finalize the $42,000 Gopher Tax on new homeowners in rural Thurston County who might have a piece of property near pocket gopher habitat.
- Implement the “Crap Tax” which will be a new tax on every septic system in the county and which will be added to the ever growing property tax bill.
- Create a justification for their plastic bag ban by wasting tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a phony “survey” which is designed to justify this unpopular ordinance.
This is on top of the impressive accomplishments these stellar public servants have on their resume such as:
- A Washington State land use jury verdict lawsuit record with the $12.4 million Maytown lawsuit.
- The impressive accomplishment of spending 18 years and $8 million to take a $4 million empty building and make it worth $2million.
- Spending $61 million on a new jail that sat empty for five years.
- Plastic Bag Ban (and forcing stores to charge us an extra $0.5 for paper bags).
- Criminalizing minor code infractions with expensive civil penalties and fines with passage of Title 26.
- Romero can lay claim to personal fame by costing the residents of Thurston at least $200 million in her lengthy tenure as Commissioner.
Fortunately for those who wish to celebrate July 4th this year, even if the Commissioners cram their fireworks ban through, state law requires that the ban won’t go into effect until next year (2017). We won’t officially be violating the law until next year’s Independence Day. Obviously, the Washington State Patrol has better things to do than charge every person celebrating on July 4th, so massive civil disobedience will be the predictable result of this pointless ban.
However, if you want the opportunity to tell the Commissioners what you think about this issue, you can come to the hearing Monday night (June 27th -5:30pm) (information linked here) or email them (go here and link directly to their emails). Meanwhile, it appears that many of us will be violating another law in Thurston County next year.
More Background on Washington State Fireworks laws:
Washington State Administrative Code on Fireworks (State Patrol)
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