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More Laughs and Jokes from City Hall
By Robert D. Warner


January 25, 2010
Monday PM

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
Ketchikan, AK

Received January 25, 2009 - Published January 25, 2010



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