Bainbridge Island Review


Let's hear the details | IN OUR OPINION

September 30, 2013 · 5:22 PM


The first — and only so far — voters’ forum will be held this week.

Sponsored by Post 170, it’s at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the American Legion Hall and will feature candidates for the Bainbridge Island City Council.

Judging by the statements the candidates have submitted for the county voter’s guide, each council hopeful is making promises that are sure to connect with Bainbridge voters.

There are pledges for greater transparency. Vows to protect the environment and open space on the island. Road repairs and bike lanes. Controlling expenses and creating greater efficiencies in government. Restoring trust in city hall, and making city hall more responsive to citizens.

One candidate has noted a “lack of fiscal controls,” and “an excessively broad scope of services.”

Writing in such broad strokes of how one would serve as a council member is the easy part.

Now comes the hard part: supplying voters with specifics to the promises, vows and assertions.

How, exactly, would a council member create greater transparency? What would be done? How, specifically, would expenses be controlled? What would be cut? Which services should the city not provide? Is there a plan, or at least an outline, of services that would be outsourced to other providers?

How would a council member work to ensure development is compatible with Bainbridge? What zoning changes or regulations would be changed, tightened or done away with?

Now is the time for candidates to go beyond their vague promises, and tell voters what they really have in mind to do if elected.

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