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Property Tax
By Beth Antonsen


February 21, 2008

Dear Editor of Sitnews,

According to the article in the Ketchikan Daily News the KGB assessment department was raising property tax at the most 15%. Not so. My mother's assessment went up 30%. At this rate I will have to put the fireplace back in her condo and chop some firewood, build her some window boxes so she can grow her own food and move in with her to help her with expenses. I am afraid to finish fixing my house because I won't be able to live there and afford it once the borough re-assesses that.

If this keeps up mom and I will have to rent our places out and I'll build a raft to pitch a tent on and anchor up just outside the harbor because we won't be able to afford the moorage (I'm assuming harbor fees will also keep going up as well). Everything keeps going up and up with no end in sight.

I'm hanging onto my chainsaw, tent, fishing pole and hunting rifle. I may need to dust them off real soon.

Beth Antonsen
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Born and raised in Ketchikan when there were places to shop and the piling were all wood."

Received February 20, 2008 - Published February 21, 2008


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