Greetings To All,
Time is short. Too short to address every single post or video being made appealing for a big and expensive jail complex, but I’ll summarize it this way for now:
Of course we want the jail staff and inmates alike to work and be housed in a fully functional, secure, safe and humane environment. That’s a given and I’m hearing no voices in opposition to that, contrary to what is being implied by proponents.
But that does not equate to buying into the hype and the various screeds demanding a $245 million dollar construction ($100 million construction + $145 million loan interest) on Labounty Rd., outside the city limits of Bellingham.
That outrageous number doesn’t even account for the estimated $600 million to $1.1 BILLION dollar (Yes, you read that right) long term operating costs.
We’re looking at a minimum, based on accepted estimates, of $845 MILLION dollars to $1.345 BILLION dollars in initial construction and operating costs over the long term. A county of this relatively small size cannot afford such a lavish expenditure and it’s simply irresponsible to do it.
If elected, my plan will be to build a safe, modern, maximum security facility, within the city limits of Bellingham, adjacent to the courthouse, without raising taxes and on existing funds, to be completed and operational within 4 years.
It CAN be done and it needs to be done.
If you agree, please write in Paul Murphy for sheriff of Whatcom County by November 3rd so we can get the jail project and WCSO expenditures back on an accountable and fiscally responsible path.
Also, I do have written confirmation of the lawful ability for a person to mount a write in campaign. You’ll find the county auditor email linked on the facebook page below.
Thank you for your support,
~ PRM #MurphyForSheriff
I’ll update this website further as I have time, but also check the facebook page ‘Murphy For Sheriff’ for a biographical about me, my platform statement and other comments, relating to what you can expect to see if I’m elected sheriff of Whatcom County.
Murphy For Sheriff