Do our taxes work for us?
Taxes and Shared Fees
We pay the money. Do we get the level of services we are paying for?
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|Birch Bay WARM (Helps with water runoff.)||$775,000|
|Birch Bay Lighting ESTIMATE||$31,799,93|
|Birch Bay Water & Sewer District||$0|
|Blaine Birch Bay Park & Rec. District||$165,642.70|
|North Whatcom Fire & Rescue||$2,127,597.96|
|County Library District||$740,461.19|
|Total Taxes and Fees||$6,078,356.65|
Assessors Tax Book p. 7 – 12
Annual Tax Book 2022
Birch Bay is an urban growth area which means three things:
1. Urban Growth areas generate more taxes.
2. Urban areas can deliver services to people more efficiently than rural areas.
3. Urban areas are areas of growth. (This is my concern and I think it is a concern of a lot of people.)
Because Birch Bay is an urban area for growth, it needs our attention. It should not be an area where developers who want to build projects and real estate people who want to sell them push a government that is always looking for more tax dollars to accept developers projects. Too often the taxes from developers’ projects do not offset the impacts the development has on their neighbors. This is in part that tax dollars collected from the Birch Bay area go to pay for services in the rural areas of Whatcom County. We need to gain control of our growth and the growth of our tax dollars.
Contact Numbers for Birch Bay
|Whatcom County Road District + Others||1 360 676 6717|
|Birch Bay WARM (Helps with water runoff.) A fee-based on impervious surfaces||1 360 676 6717|
|Birch Bay Lighting (Have the number on the street light pole ready.)||1 888 225 5773|
|Blaine Birch Bay Park & Rec. District Prop. Tax||1 360 656 6416|
|North Whatcom Fire & Rescue (fire 21)||1 360 318 9933|
|County Library District Covers all of the county except Bellingham||1 360 676 6717|
|Birch Bay Water and Sewer Fee-based service A taxing area that does not tax.||1 360 371 7100|