I Hate Taxes
By Samuel Bergeron
July 19, 2006
Here in Ketchikan we pay 6% sales tax on just about everything
except healthcare. This includes residential rent and food. This
tax is applied regardless of your ability to pay. The net result
is that it takes food and shelter away from people who can least
The high sales tax rate, as well as the ever increasing property
tax rate, is partially due to the ever-decreasing revenues from
the State of Alaska to Municipalities and Boroughs. The City
and Borough used to rely heavily on the State for revenues much
larger than they now enjoy. Along with the decreasing revenues
comes the ever-increasing tax burden paid by those of us who
live and pay taxes here in Ketchikan and elsewhere in the State.
Some of us have concluded that the State of Alaska needs to get
its fair share of the oil revenues that all of the people of
Alaska own. The halls of the legislature are filled with millionaire
oil lobbyists and you can be assured the oil companies' interests
are being met and then some. Case in point is the economic limit
factor or ELF. It was meant for the first two years of oil production
to stimulate investment and open new oil fields. It has now been
in place for over 25 years solely from efforts of their lobbyists.
It's a fact that there are oil fields in production that pay
zero royalties to the State because of ELF. I cannot reconcile
having large multi-national oil companies removing oil that all
the people of Alaska own for nothing.
I don't claim to be expert in the intricacies of oil taxation
that governments should charge producers. But from what I'm able
to glean from the news of record high earnings for the oil companies
and other experts, is that we are being short-changed. With the
Governor's approval rating at an all time low, he is trying to
cut a deal with the producers that by some accounts, is one of
the biggest government giveaways in history. The Governor and
the legislature have a fiduciary responsibility to all Alaskans
that we get our fair share. That's all I'm asking.
If Alaskan's get there fair share, we will benefit with lower
taxes and a thriving economy, if we don't we will be making up
the difference with more taxes and far less robust economy of
tax payers working to support a government that gave its only
non-renewable resource away for far less than what it was worth.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "I'm a life-long
Alaskan who loves Alaska and the people who call this place home."
and Spend - Why does government think they are entitled?
By Marvin Seibert - CO - USA
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