An Open Letter to Representative Priscilla Giddings
Dear Representative Giddings,
I would like to acknowledge your thoughtful representation of my county. While you represent just a sliver of Bonner County, I believe it is vital for you to know exactly how your vote in support of HB127 will effect your constituents, should it become law.
On the surface it appears that you are advocating for more freedom for counties, but unfortunately I do not believe it will turn out that way. In a nutshell, HB127 is a Trojan Horse for Realtor/Developers, which threatens the agricultural lands in our State and ultimately the liberty minded constituents who put you into office.
In order to flourish you need agriculture, mining and manufacturing. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. When agriculture is displaced by development, an entire cascade of events occurs.
Our Founding Fathers put together an intricate web of checks and balances so changes in our government would not happen on a fast tract. This is why there has been an extensive system in place to protect land use for many years. If we give County Commissioners the sole ability to do away with Comp Plans, at least two layers of checks and balances will be eliminated.
The most important part of this system is the people who live and work in their subareas. For instance, I have chosen to live the rural lifestyle without all the city amenities. My neighbors and I pay for all our own infrastructure. If the developers get their way, I will not only loose my rural way of life, but I will be footing the bill for all the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate the developments. Thus the counties will turn into great big cities.
Finally, when developments replace agriculture you will be faced with a whole new constituency. That constituency will want more city services and not be schooled in the habit of self-government.
I left California to be part of the liberty minded people of Idaho.
Please vote “NO” on HB127.
P.S. Thank you for voting in favor of HB25, which protects rural landowners from forced annexation in the areas of city impacts (A.C.I). A.C.I.’s are a threat to agriculture!
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