Lower property tax rate is
good for all
By Rodney Dial
June 09, 2010
On Tuesday as I was reading the paper you could have knocked
me over with a feather after I saw that the Borough Assembly
reduced the mill rate (they had been discussing raising it).
As a frequent critic of local government I feel that it is only
right to say "thank you".
A lower property tax rate is good for all of us. I remember
learning at the academy over 20 years ago a prime tenant of a
healthy community is that a "job will solve a thousand social
problems". One need only to look at the migration of business
from California to Nevada in the last few years to see the effect
of local tax rates.
When you think about the power of local government, it is a sobering
thought you as a property owner will pay what they direct, or
by force they will seize one of the most important and basic
needs a human being hasyour shelter.
Our local school budget has more than doubled over the last few
years, and the student population has decreased significantly,
and they will do just fine with a modest reduction of the suggested
yearly increase in spending.
Further, it is my understanding that last year the School Board
voted to convert school heating from oil to electric which will
eventually cut operating costs, allowing the savings to be reallocated.
In essence, when the schools add 6.5 megawatts to the system
we will pay more for our schools anyway due to the inevitable
increased frequency of the diesel surcharge.
I would strongly encourage the schools, board, and school supporters
to consider that this is a great opportunity to show that Ketchikan
Government can "take a haircut" when it comes to making
Ketchikan an affordable place to live. I have two children
in our local schools and feel that our teachers and school administrators
are doing an excellent job. Thank you for what you do.
Anyway, to the Borough Assembly thank you for getting this one
right and please take the steps necessary to make this cut sustainable
and permanent. Look for ways to eventually eliminate the sales
tax on food and you will accomplish more good in this community
than all the non-profits combined.
ps: lets consider this a trust building exercise between local
government and the citizens, and not some ruse to grease the
public for a bond vote on the Whitecliff building, or some other
project (we're not in love quite yet) .now if we could only
get the City Government on board?
Received June 08, 2010 - Published
June 09, 2010
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