Tax Payers' Revelation
By Don Borders
June 10, 2010
The current outcome of the various state primaries for political
seats have reflected the voices of the people concerned with
the excess big government spending by electing conservative primary
candidates. Elections this fall are going to be an eye-opener
for the current elect.
One of our own local governments,
the Borough Assembly, has continued to act like there is an unlimited
source of monies, our taxes, to tap for their pet projects. I
am referring to one "white elephant", White Cliff school
building. Their decision to sell it to a contractor for $500,000
and then a few years later buying it back for $9.56 million equivocates
to a $9.06 million dollar remodel job of the first two floors
of contractor owned property. Meanwhile renting the same property
for $41,260.00 per month or $495,120.00 per year. While they,
the Assembly, know the old Pulp Mill office property will be
vacated as soon as they can get the salaried staff off their
butts and start working on the pulp mills' division and sale.
Where is the common sense in this mismanagement? Borough Assembly
member Painter is reported stating in this Thursday's Ketchikan
Daily paper June 10, 2010: "make it fair and even for contractors".
What is with the government handouts on the local level? What
has happened to competitive bids? Do we have an elected big
government in mind-set? The US department of Labor reported this
spring that the average government salaried staff wage has exceeded
the average taxed populous' wages. To top this off we are giving
excessive handouts at the expense of the local tax base.
Suggestion: Wait till the Old Pulp mill office is vacant then
use the monies from the sale to the state and then remodel the
Pulp Mill offices, (the second time in less than 10 years) to
meet the Boroughs office needs. It makes sense to have the Borough
offices out in the Borough anyway. Let the City of Ketchikan
buy the old White "elephant" Cliff building because
they have outgrown their current space. Then, after moving, the
city can move the library into the current city office building.
The City Government will be happy to have more space and be out
of downtown and off Front Street, the Library will have a new
location, with more space, right on Front Street and able to
buy new books with saved funds. The Borough will have almost
unlimited space out in the new location in Ward Cove. Doing thus
will save Ketchikan taxpayers 10's of millions of dollars in
taxes. Therefore, doing it, we can get on with Ketchikan being
fairly represented by local governments with common sense. Additionally
put the tax monies where they will do the best back into the
pockets of the Ketchikan people.
Received June 10, 2010 - Published
June 10, 2010
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