State Rep. Chris Reykdal’s endeavors on behalf of state taxpayers seem a bit Janus-faced. First, he is spearheading an effort to transfer ownership of Sylvester Park to the city of Olympia because he feels it’s an “unfair burden on state taxpayers” to fund the state-owned park’s yearly $100,000 maintenance bill to clean up after the city’s drug users and homeless people who deface public property with graffiti and discarded drug paraphernalia.
(One would think the city’s people to be state people as well; although, in some cases, they are reported to be out-of-state people just passing through on the Interstate 5 drug/homeless corridor.)
He apparently feels it a lesser state taxpayer burden to conduct yet another feasibility study for said property transfer. Does it not cost state taxpayer dollars to maintain the other state parks within Olympia’s city limits?
Secondly, this champion of the taxpayer is co-sponsoring House Bill 2322, which seeks to prohibit cities and counties from enacting local bans against marijuana businesses due to current conflicts in state and federal drug laws. Possibly these governmental entities do not wish to replicate Sylvester Parks in their localities, for which they will have to incur new maintenance fees that cannot be transferred on to other governmental agencies.
After all this championing, the burden of the state taxpayer remains.