Maybe the county would take us back | Letters| Dec. 4
December 4, 2009 · 10:51 AM
All together now, let’s all sing: “Working my way back to you, Babe, with a burning love inside...”
I wonder if Kitsap County would take us back. Disincorporate Bainbridge Island, I mean. We jilted them about 15 years ago, thinking we could run our own affairs more to our liking. Play the field, so to speak.
But things haven’t been working out so well with our independence.
I don’t think they’d “have” to welcome us back. We’d need to dress up. Look good. We would need to show how fetching we’d be with our financial house in order. Show Kitsap we’d be an asset; two plus two equals five sort of thing.
At this point it would be a tall order, given that we have been fiscally promiscuous. Kitsap would need to be broad-minded and tolerant of our perfidy. But on our side it might make sense. We would be combining households to get that old “two can live as cheaply as one” thing.
We could maybe redo City Hall into a permanent, year-round, indoor Farmers’ Market. Or an art center. Or just rent it out. Kill two birds with one stone – reduce operating expenses with COBI gone, plus get some rental income.
Or put the Chamber of Commerce in there. I’ll bet they would get serious about rejuvenating downtown; skin in the game.
Just a thought anyway. I wonder how many other islanders have had the same thoughts.