Why consolidation is important
By Ben Rosenfeld
August 15, 2005
For all of us that live in the
borough and do not have the opportunity to vote on important
issues such as the dock is unfair. Many of us work in and benefit
from the tourist industry in town and yet our opinions are not
heard on issues like Proposition NO. 1. This is why we need to
be one city and not punish the people that live out of the city
limits. We are a city of one and we need to allow every one to
have a chance to speak their minds and vote on key issues. But
for now I can only attempt to convince a few people to make good
decisions for the majority.
On the dock expansion proposal,
the key points seem to be taxing, waterfront views, and more
jewelry stores. The money will not be coming from taxing of the
local citizens of Ketchikan, but from the head taxes of the cruise
ship passengers. Money that has already been collected over the
years from head taxes will be going into repairs of one of the
berths which is in the millions, none of which local taxes will
be paying for. More ships mean more tourists, which means more
money, in case anyone hasn't forgotten that tourism is still
Ketchikan s sole source for revenue. The waterfront is a big
argument as well. Right now the waterfront is occupied by large
decomposing storage facilities which block any view from the
road and across the street the buildings are not much better
looking which makes that make the drive through town quite depressing.
We have the chance to clean up that part of town by expanding
the docks through that area. Finally, on the issue of the jewelry
stores, that is something the city or borough will have to take
into initiative to change. Another option could be to pose a
luxury tax during the summer months. Any argument against the
growth or expansion of Ketchikan in my opinion is shortsighted
and will hurt the residents of this great city in the future.
By expanding the docks, we are securing the growth of Ketchikan.
Vote yes on Proposition NO.
1, I know I would if I had the chance.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
to this KRBD story... After years of debate, City of Ketchikan
residents Tuesday will have their say on the city's proposed
port expansion project. As Deanna Garrison report, the city is
asking voters for permission to issue up to $70 million in revenue
bonds to increase the city's cruise ship moorage capacity.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - www.krbd.org
- Friday - August 12, 2005
On the Web:
Ketchikan Port Berth
Expansion Bond Initiative
Port Berth Expansion Bond Initiative
Vote August 16,
The City of Ketchikan
is proposing to expand and improve facilities along the waterfront
to provide enhanced public use and additional economic benefit
to residents, business owners, and the City. A bond initiative
will be placed on the August 16, 2005 ballot to gain approval
for up to $70 million to fund the project. - More... Port
Expansion Project Information
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