Sunday, May 28, 2006

I-933 - Don't Buy Into The Rhetoric — Read It And Make Up Your Own Mind.

One hot button issue that already has the intentional disinformation machine running at full tilt is I-933 — the "Property Fairness" initiative sponsored by the Washington Farm Bureau, and supported by most property rights advocates, construction organizations and real estate interests. The usual cadre of local opponents — the ones I refer to as the CAVE People (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) — are demonizing “special interests” they refuse to name specifically, as well as major unnamed corporations they claim control the Farm Bureau. They say backers are only looking out for "big agribusiness" and "irresponsible developers."

As far as these folks are concerned, I just have to ask, in their minds has there ever been any developer that isn’t irresponsible and/or greedy, and who isn’t making “obscene profits” by destroying the environment?

The basic premise of I-933 is that if regulations passed after January 1, 1996 prevent you from using your property as you could when you originally purchased it, or if those regulations devalue it, the governing jurisdiction has to allow the original use, or compensate you for denying it.

It doesn’t roll back any environmental protections in place before then, and doesn’t increase its intensity of use from what was allowed prior to January 1, 1996. It simply preserves your right to that existing use while mandating the same level of environmental protection in place at that time.

Read I-933 for yourself and don’t be swayed by the outright lies and scare tactics. This one’s going to get real ugly, with big money being spent to capture your heart, mind and vote.

But in the end, I-933 is about everyday people — many whose life savings are invested in their property. They’ve watched their retirement nest eggs be relentlessly regulated away by ideologically driven, unelected bureaucrats, and they’re finally saying, “Enough!” Personally, I believe it will pass by a comfortable margin.

1 comment:

  1. Peter T. W.11:14 AM

    Where can I get a copy of the original text of I-933?