Vote YES on Port Improvement
By Chris Parks
April 07, 2006
Why Vote YES on the Port Improvement Bond April 11th? Because
the cruise ship tourism industry positively affects every person
in our community, whether they work in tourism or not.
How? $152 Million in 2004 spent directly into our economy by
tourists, cruise lines, and cruise ship crew members. It is widely
known that money spent in a community circulates 3 to 7 times
throughout the local economy, thus making tourism in Ketchikan
responsible for generating as much as 1/3 to 1/2 of our total
economy. The figures for 2005 were even larger.
What does this mean for the citizens of Ketchikan? It means many
local year-round jobs because businesses make enough in the summer
to keep their local employees through the winter. Non-profits
and government-funded organization are able to operate in part
because of funding generated by cruise ship industry and visitor
tax revenues. Government jobs at all levels are funded in part
from tax revenues generated by the industry, and the business
associated with the industry.
Jobs and business revenues are also created by the trickle-down
effect. Anybody who works in the industry spends their money
to live here on apartments, houses, cars, gas, food, restaurants
& bars, clothes, entertainment, contractors, and more, not
to mention property and sales taxes.
These businesses, employers, employees, and government agencies
that benefit indirectly, in turn spend money and employ people
who spend money, and so on. This indirect economic benefit is
the true power of this industry.
So why is this Bond Vote so important to Ketchikan? Because our
port facilities are outdated and cannot accommodate many of the
modern cruise ships, and therefore the cruise visitor industry
is going to experience an approximate 11% decline for this 2006
season, and the same for the 2007 season. Unfortunately, the
cost of doing business, running our government, our hospital,
the cost of inflation, and the cost of living continue to increase.
Without a YES Vote on April 11th, we are most likely going to
see a continuing decline in the tourism industry, which means
a decrease in public and government services, a decrease in donations
and funding of non-profit and charitable organizations, and increases
in property and sales taxes, as well as lower wages and fewer
jobs for our local work force.
The bottom line is that tourism actually supports and improves
our standard of living, by fueling our economy.
Please Vote Yes on April 11th if you want to see continued job
and business opportunities in Ketchikan. Vote Yes if you want
to keep our property and sales taxes low. Vote Yes if you want
to improve our public, government, hospital, and charitable organization
services. Please Vote Yes on April 11th if you want to see a
Positive Economy in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Chris Parks writes he is a "Concerned citizen, 7
& 1/2 year resident, general manager of a major year around
business in Ketchikan."
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