The time is fast approaching for the voters within the proposed Silverdale city boundaries to vote for incorporation. What are some real consequences of this act of incorporation?
Over the years, unincorporated Silverdale has been allowed to evolve into a regional economic powerhouse. During this buildout, the taxpayers of Kitsap County, in common, have subsidized the installation of state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as streets, sidewalks, water, electricity, gas, sewage treatment, fire and police protection, for the residences and businesses of unincorporated Silverdale.
The entire population of Kitsap County has become dependent on the millions of tax dollars that flow into the common coffers of Kitsap County. A large part of the cost of paying a family wage to an unincorporated Kitsap County firefighter, the fine Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies, the skilled persons who maintain the Kitsap County infrastructure, schools, and institutions, comes directly from Silverdale-generated tax dollars. Remove these tax dollars to install a new political power base, and even that chuck hole in the road to Holly will not be filled in a timely manner.
For the sake of all the residents of Kitsap County, and especially in these troubled economic times, the proponents of Silverdale incorporation should have an epiphany and recognize that an unincorporated Silverdale has become too big to fail.