In 2007, my wife and I wrote a six-figure check to Thurston County. This amount was set by county experts who had determined the "economic benefit" we'd received for utility installation near our six acres.
Thurston County concluded that their actions added value and we painfully paid for that benefit in addition to the huge tax increases.
County commissioners have rapidly imposed new restrictions reducing property utility, usability and value.
County fees have skyrocketed by thousands. Costs to private firms providing surveys, studies and plans add many more thousands.
In some instances, if septic drainfield replacement is needed and gopher mounds are found within 600 feet of an oak tree, we must pay for detailed GPS’ed surveys onto county maps.
Fences may be required to limit use of 30 feet surrounding each mound. Gopher relocation may be required to other property obtained specifically to create privately maintained gopher villages.
I do not believe a requirement is yet in place to also feed these rodents.
In the Grand Mound utility area, charges were assessed and paid by those owners for economic benefits received from that county action.
I am sure the commissioners have similar experts on the job determining economic damages suffered and compensation to be paid to land owners suffering value loss of their private property through county action.
If not, why not?
My number is in the book. I’ll be expecting the call when my check is ready.