Cheap political posturing
By Dennis Oakland and Penny Nixon
July 19, 2005
In a contemptible act of political
audacity, Mat-Su Assembly Member Jim Colver is set to introduce
a Tax Cap Ordinance at the Tuesday July 19 Assembly meeting.
Mr. Colver has modeled his Ordinance after the one recently applied
for, fought for in court, that many
folks worked tirelessly to collect the signatures for, which
he now brazenly rides on the coat-tails of.
Mr. Colver has seen fit to
add an unnecessary exemption for 'service areas' which the Mat-Su
Taxpayers Association already believes exists in the current
exemptions listed in the Initiative version.
The reprehensible irony is that Mr. Colver originally spoke against
the initiative in a TV news broadcast on the same day we submitted
our signature booklets to the Borough Clerks office, but not
for the reasons he now wishes to amend the proposal. Funny how
one of the biggest tax and spenders on the Mat-Su Assembly is
now sponsoring a Tax Cap Ordinance, and in doing so arrogantly
diminishes the initiative process by denying the people the right
to vote on the issue.
Mr. Colver made no attempt whatsoever to contact the Mat-Su Taxpayers
Association for any input. All Mr. Colver would have had to do
was drop us an e-mail and ask if we would consider a 'friendly'
amendment to address his concerns. But then that would defeat
In a letter from Mat-Su Borough attorney Teresa Williams dated
July 11, 2005, Mr. Colver specifically asked her if his proposed
ordinance would "Void the Initiative" from the October
ballot. The answer of course is Yes. Just the answer he was undeniably
This, and other political theatrics leads us to believe that
Mr. Colvers Tax Cap Ordinance is just one more attempt to get
more favorable publicity for his presumed Mat-Su Mayoral campaign
next year by taking credit for capping taxes, meth abuse, etc.
We foresee a flurry of "conservative" proposals in
the coming months by Mr. Colver in an effort to re-invent himself
as something he is not.
Some in the media appear to be helping him achieve this goal
during his name recognition campaign.
How many more "Press Conferences" Mr. Colver will call
in the coming months is as predictable as it is loathsome and
you can count on several of them even for the most mundane of
events. He will most certainly continue to insist on being identified
as Deputy Mayor as well as Assembly Member for reasons which
by now should be obvious.
Our desire of course is that the media will see through this
cheap political posturing and immediately cease assisting him
with his selfish political aspirations.
Dennis Oakland and Penny Nixon
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