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Whatcom Chuckanut Community Forest Park District Chuckanut Park Commissioner Position 3

4-year term; No salary A Parks & Recreation District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the public parks and recreation facilities within their jurisdiction, as well as the acquisition of other parks space as funds provide and is appropriate. The commission sets the general policies and workplan of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional parks and recreation staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any parks levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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  • Susan Kaun (NP)

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Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing your park district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What type of facilities do your county parks need at this time?

Phone (360) 527-9660
Email skaun.ccfpd@gmail.com
Town where you live Bellingham
Experience (300 characters max) I have been an elected Chuckanut Community Forest Park District Commissioner since the district's inception in 2013.
I am seeking re-election to this office so I can continue to support the work the CCFPD Board began during my first term. Citizens formed the district to protect the Chuckanut Community Forest Park in perpetuity, and to repay the City of Bellingham for part of its purchase of the land.
1. Protection of the CCFP in perpetuity through enforcement of a Conservation Easement and an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Bellingham.

2. Continue to provide for the ability of citizens to repay the City's loan to purchase the property. A lawsuit has been filed to void the district and stop the district's collection of a tax.

3. Assist the City and citizens with creation of a Master Plan to guide the park's future.
All issues are urgent, but I would say that defending lawsuit against the district is most urgent. As of August 2017 the district has spent $97,929.51 in legal fees to defend the citizens' right to form such a district, for the purposes stated above; money which could have been spent on repaying the loan and/or helping with the Master Planning process.
Based on the Conservation Easement and the Interlocal Agreement, the future Master Planning process will determine what types of facilities citizens wish to have.

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