No On Craig Property Tax Ballot MeasureBy Bob Claus
August 18, 2018
There is a ballot measure to eliminate the property tax in Craig. No one likes paying taxes, but this is a bad idea.
As a taxpayer in Craig and former president of the school board, I value the services that my taxes help support. A full local contribution to the Craig Schools lend a stability to the school budget that other districts lack. This has allowed the Craig Schools to excel and provide the services our kids deserve.
As a former Alaska State Trooper and private citizen, I like the 24 hour police service that no other community on the island enjoys. I like the tax-funded support for the fire and EMS services we all will need at some point in our lives. It makes my investment in Craig more secure and gives me peace of mind for my family and property.
I use the services that are described as “non-essential” daily and believe that these are the amenities that attract people to live and invest in Craig. The recreation opportunities, the trails, the harbors, the pool, the historic district at the cannery, etc., are the things that make Craig a great place to live.
I urge you to vote “No” on this misguided measure.
Received August 15, 2018 - Published August 18, 2018
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