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By Robert D. Warner
January 25, 2010
Dear SitNews Editor:
This is amazing; jokes like this could only happen in Ketchikan.
Less than a week after the Borough Assembly rejected a proposal
to ask voters to approve a local tax on tobacco, the Ketchikan
City Council decided to revive this topic for a second time.
At least one member of the council placed some sugar coating
on the issue by suggesting that revenues collected from this
new tax could be dedicated to funding non profit organizations.
Could this be an open invitation to increase public funding
to special interest groups?
What has happened to common sense at City Hall? This is the
same city government that just squandered over $1.4 million in
public funds for a set of blueprints for a new public library
at a site not suited for a library. Let's not be fooled by the
sugar coating. This is a tax to enhance city revenues and spending
rather than a sincere effort to discourage smoking.
The Ketchikan City Council needs to be much more aggressive in
cutting budgets and reducing wasteful spending for non essential
services. Cleaning up this waste and mess at the public library
would be an excellent place to start.
Robert D. Warner
Received January 25, 2009 -
Published January 25, 2010
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