NASCAR getting special treatment

Recently two articles on the front page of your paper reported on a public meeting regarding the proposed NASCAR track in north Marysville and actions by a state board regarding a proposed car lot at Island Crossing.

It appears that the NASCAR proposal has the complete support of the county executive and his staff, as well as all elected Marysville officials.

At the same time the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board has once again denied actions by local officials to allow Dwayne Lane to place a car lot at Island Crossing. Their reasoning is that this area should stay in farming and a car lot would make the area more prone to flooding.

Am I missing something here? Would not a 600-acre NASCAR site on land that already has a water table problem not make that area much more prone to flooding?

The Growth Management Act was supposedly enacted to protect farm and forest land from urban development. While Gov. Gary Locke has remained silent on the NASCAR proposal, his appointed Growth Management Hearings Board continues to deny our local elected officials and a local businessman the opportunity to expand his business which would generate more tax revenue for our local governments. While the County Council supports the proposal by Dwayne Lane, it would be nice if our county executive and his staff were working as hard on the Island Crossing issue as they appear to be on the NASCAR proposal.

Of course, Gov. Locke and his cronies in the Legislature have no trouble finding money for a baseball stadium the voters rejected, while at the same time eliminating voter-approved funding for education programs. So based on history, one can expect that we taxpayers will once again have to pay more taxes so a few race car enthusiasts can have a new facility built by the taxpayers.

DONALD R. WLAZLAK

Marysville

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