Jim Willett, owner of Yakima Company, issued this letter to Parker Live:
After two years of meaningless reassurances by Dan Field and the Supervisors we now know what they meant when they said that the Yakima problem was going to turn out “just fine.” Fine for them, everyone else gets tossed under the bus.
Let`s check the facts. A month ago Dan was asked where the county was going to come up with the $3 million settlement offer they had made to me, we`ll have to lay off a bunch of employees was what he said. Last week the Supervisors revealed that they might raise the local sales tax by 10% this year and an additional 20% in 2013. The tax is necessary to raise money to pay off the $14 million judgment. What a choice, mass layoffs or a 30% tax hike? Or maybe both.
Here’s my solution. Pay my attorney fees and transfer the landill to Yakima. Problem solved. I`ll renegoitiate the contract with Allied Waste and guarentee the same service at the same price to all county residents. Dan Field and the Supervisors hate this idea. I’m interested to know what you think?
We gave Dan Field, La Paz County Administrator, a chance to respond. He replied:
I appreciate your offer to respond; however, having just gone through hours of depositions last Thursday where my public statements were the topic of Yakima’s attorney’s examination; I must decline at this time.