Tax 'em till they bleed philosophy
by David Martin
June 08, 2004
So this morning I stopped by the local voting precinct to cast
my "NO" ballot as a protest to the Borough Assembly.
Not that one vote is going to mean the difference in this one
anyway, because once again locals find themselves over the barrel.
I look at it this way, if the sales tax increase doesn't pass,
the assembly will eliminate the property tax cap, and raise taxes
for property owners, and cut some employees, programs and services.
If it does pass, we will pay a higher sales tax, AND they will
eliminate the property tax cap so they can raise property taxes,
AND they will cut some employees, programs and services.
So either way you look at it, the Borough Assembly will initiate
a tax 'em till they bleed philosophy. I wonder if people who
can't pay their property taxes for whatever the reason, can petition
the assembly for a grant to pay their taxes with? Ya think?
Speaking of looking at it: every day on my way to work I drive
by the Ward Cove site, and I look at the veneer plant which,
in all probability will never run again, and I'm thinking that
even if the whole site were bulldozed flat and turned to an RV
park, at least it would generate some revenue. Don't get me wrong,
I love logging and the timber industry, but let's get real. It
is not coming back even close to what it was. Those days are
done, and this romantic interest we've had with it has got to
quit. Sell the land and put it back on the tax rolls. They sell
towns on eBay, why not the Ward Cove property?
I have never before been a proponent of consolidation. Ever.
However, the City seems to have managed itself for more responsibly
and I find myself in the position of being open minded to consolidation
if it means eliminating the micro-managing, fund everything but
schools, and spend it all on pipe dreams Borough assembly. These
people that will be laid off are our friends and neighbors. Most
of whom, I am sure work hard at what they do, and will bear the
brunt of the assembly's fiscal mis-management. There should be
no special interest groups funded to any level, if the basic
needs of the school district are not met first. And no, I don't
include team travel or extra-curricular activities in that funding.
Ever wonder about a "Borough bus" that doesn't go north
in the Borough past Wal-Mart? Sell the bus line to private industry.
Maybe the Assembly should understand that a business that can't
make it goes under. They aren't able to get more money to operate
from the Borough assembly the way the Assembly can tax the people.
Oh wait, I forgot about Gateway Forest Products ( A few million
in bail out - gone), and the Bowl company ( another few million
in bail out - gone.)
I know full well that this
rant isn't going to go anywhere, but thanks to Sitnews for providing
the forum to vent.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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