By Gary Wilken
May 06, 2011
The Ketchikan Assembly has formally asked the same question on the same topic. I'm sure they, like me, are smiling broadly at these young people, undoubtedly the leaders of tomorrow, as we collectively thank them for their intellect and their sense of fairness.
These outstanding students acknowledge that since 2001, the state General Fund has helped Organized Alaska (local taxpayers) in splitting 50/50 the additional cost burden imposed on local taxpayers because of increased property values which result in increasing local tax requirements. I am heartened these student leaders will be keeping an eye on those in our legislature who would entertain removing this local assistance, yet leaving in place provisions that require zero local school support regardless of ability. Or leaving in place a seven word provision in the current law allowing one of our boroughs, with a per capita wealth multiples greater than the average borough, to pay but a fraction (roughly 25%) of what Ketchikan and other boroughs pay to support their local schools.
Kudos to these K-Hi students led by Mr. Powell. I say thanks, job well done to director Dorsey Winter, script writer Sullivan Barry, camerapersons Ricky Voelz and Sonja Winter, soundman Joron Whitton, editor Sierra Chandler, and cast Anna and John Moran, Maxx Kiezer, Emily Johnson, Jennifer Chaudry, Gates Failing, and Nathan Steinberg. Keep up the good work; you earned an “A+” in my book. We’re all looking forward to your next KU Coyote production.
Received May 05, 2011 - Published May 06, 2011
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