As I was walking back to my car this weekend, after paying my $1 for the required parking ticket at Marymoor Park, I couldn't help but think about why we are asked to pay that $1 and lose that minute or two to get it? Is that revenue so vital that funding of our parks cannot come from anywhere else funded by our taxes?
Call me fixated on the subject, but I couldn't help but think about that private lawyer, hired by King County DOT to sue the King County Hearing Examiner, and the $210 per hour that DOT is paying him to help Weyerhaesuer.
As I've posted already, King County DOT has paid - I mean the taxpayers have paid - this private firm $202,000 between the end of January through July. I'm assuming that this firm is still being paid as that lawsuit progresses. I thought about all the other firms under retainer by King County, intended to prevent them from being able to represent anyone litigating against the county.
My Public Disclosure Act request asking for this information won't be available until mid-October, but how many millions of dollars a year does King County spend hiring and retaining private law firms, despite having the Prosecuting Attorneys Office there to defend it against allegations of wrongdoing, or representing it in lawsuits and appeals even if against other King County agencies?
$1 dollar to support parks isn't very much for such a valuable public resource, but for every 210 cars in that lot, one could equate that to King County hiring one lawyer for just one hour to do something that the county probably should not be doing. For the first 202,000 cars parked at Marymoor Park between January and July of this year, what would those people think if they were told that their parking fee was going to hire private lawyers to help Weyerhaeuser and sue another King County agency?
We were forced to vote on a parks initiative to maintain our county parks, but why aren't we asked when county agencies spend our money to help developers and sue other county agencies who make findings they disagree with?
We all know the answer to that question, don't we?