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Washington Residents Rally Against County Decision-making

BELLINGHAM (AP) — Demonstrators gathered in Washington on Tuesday to raise awareness against County Council decisions they say threaten high-paying jobs, property values and farming.

The Bellingham Herald reports about 300 people gathered for the rally called, “Wake Up Whatcom County.”

Organizers had said they wanted council members to listen to their voices, to recognize their contributions to the economy and to balance environmental and economic issues.

Particular concerns included the council’s decision to restrict new rural developments that rely on domestic wells because of a state Supreme Court decision.

Assessor Keith Willnauer estimates that if the state Legislature doesn’t provide a fix for the decision, property values on more than 3,400 parcels in Whatcom County could drop by up to $186 million.

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