New development should pay for sidewalks, trails | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

SAFE mobility levy? Really?

Sounds good, but what does it really mean?

I would think that with all the NEW (non affordable) construction the city of Bainbridge Island will be collecting sufficient increased property revenue to cover cost of improved sidewalks, bikeways and intersections.

If that is not the case, then the city council has truly not been doing its job in planning for the uncontrolled growth they have permitted on the island.

Any construction done in the past two years should have included affordable units, solar energy, limited footprints, and destruction of fewer trees.

Bainbridge Island used to be a place of refuge. A retreat from the big city. It’s turning into an extension of Seattle.

We need to ask ourselves, do we want to live in a big city or a quaint community?

LILY DIAMENT-HANSEN

Bainbridge Island

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