It's no secret that Ferino's Pizzeria in Port Hadlock is the go-to place to take the "fam" after a local school ballgame for a slice of pizza or delicious chicken wings.
Centrally located in the Tri-Areas and a regular destination for many, Ferino's has been a steady staple in the community's diet since 1984 and is a great example of how determination and perseverance are essential skills for any business to not just survive, but thrive in today's diverse economy.
In 2014, the business was purchased by long-time employee and community member, Adam Burns, who first started working at the company in 1993.
We asked Adam if we could interview him about his story and he invited us to swing by his pizza shop one day shortly after before they opened to talk story.
"I started off as a dishwasher, folding boxes and greasing pans like everybody else. I really liked the environment and the boss I was working for and it just clicked with me," Adam recalls during our interview.
After one year, he left to pursue a music career, while occasionally working at Ferino's as time allowed.
(Tri-Area Times) Placing a property tax levy on the November ballot to fund "affordable" housing, without fixing the causes of this problem, is shear folly. Declaring a housing emergency so the one percent limit on property taxes can be exceeded to "solve" problems caused by the County is totally unacceptable. Subsidizing housing does not make it affordable. It just shifts the bill to the taxpayers.
The zoning, building codes, regulations and permit processes that Jefferson County has imposed on our business operations, company facilities and housing, are among the most restrictive and costly in Washington State. They must be fixed.
Affordability is a balance between cost and ability to pay. So it is clear that jobs are a major part of the equation. Without well paying jobs, housing will never be affordable.
Those who think subsidized housing will give people "dignity" must think they are living in the land of OZ where the Wizard can pass out certificates or medals and give people "dignity". Real respect and dignity only comes from what an individual has achieved through their own efforts.
Other Fatal Flaws in this Plan
The seven-year limit on the life of this levy is illusionary. Without fixing the underlying problems, housing will never be affordable and some people will be addicted to this handout forever.
An unintended consequence of this tax is to make existing housing less affordable. This will cause elderly people on limited budgets to have to sell their homes. It will also cause renters to face increased rents, as property owners have to pass on the increased tax burden to renters.
We should ask why the Department of Health is being appointed to administer this fund. Are the county commissioners telling us that the Department of Community Development, who has been responsible for regulating all building, is not sufficiently competent to handle housing construction? Are they telling us that they want staff, who are used to having the government take care of people, to handle the redistribution of other peoples money? Or both?
The list of allowed grant recipients includes private profit making companies. Why not fix the underlying problems so the private sector can handle housing without using taxpayers' money?
Other funds likely to be leveraged by these funds are more taxpayer dollars filtered through state and federal agencies.
Almost all of those arguing in favor of passing this levy are either potential grant recipients or subsidy beneficiaries.
No drug testing or plans to help subsidy recipients progress to becoming self-sufficient.
The board administering the fund is to be totally composed of un-elected individuals.
Very loose constrains on this fund make it ripe for kickbacks, graft, waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and political payoffs.
Calling the funds raised a "Home Opportunity Fund", and claiming that this is not "government housing", appear to be attempts to disguise what is clearly taxpayer subsidized housing.
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