Gravina Island "Development"
By Robert D. Warner
June 16, 2005
Some recent Viewpoints about Gravina Island have confused "development"
and "progress" with community "hopes",
"dreams" and "lower taxes." Even more
disturbing is the assumption that the bulk of financial resources
needed for this "development" will come from taxpayers
rather than property owners on Gravina.
Let's see, they want $380 million to build that "famous
bridge to nowhere", $1.17 million to begin road construction,
not to mention $800,000 that Pacific Log and Lumber spent last
year on road construction and expects reimbursement from Ketchikan
Common sense would tell me that if these Gravina land owners
want to develop their property, they should form a local improvement
district and fund these costs themselves. Why should the
bulk of Ketchikan taxpayers be obligated to pay?
It is a bit silly to assume that we can save $5.00 on a ferry
ticket by building a $380 million dollar bridge. Recent
estimates are that final costs for this bridge will
be significantally higher, not to mention the cost of maintenance.
Adding to the frustration is that the bulk of Ketchikan citizens
will have to drive south of town through busy tourist traffic
just to reach this bridge and then double back to reach
the airport. Equally silly is a recently published statement
that this $380 million dollar bridge will enable folks from
Ketchikan " to drive to the sawmill to purchase lumber."
Is this just the beginning? What new schemes will be proposed
to pick our pockets for Gravina Island "development?"
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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