Questions for the Candidates
By John Stewart
September 26, 2005
I would like to thank you for
the opportunity to seek answers within this forum. Perhaps between
your site, the Ketchikan Daily, and local radio, the candidates
may find an opportunity to reply.
- Diversity is key to a strong
economy, can you offer an example of how you intend to encourage
a strong, equal foundation for all types and sizes of business.
If you are/were incumbent, why did you not take such action before?
- Why are new business prospects
saddled with the New Business Tax Deposit Schedule ? Would you
abolish this arbitrary and capricious document?
- How would you streamline airport
- How is the competition of
the water taxi with the airport ferry different from the bowling
alley and the borough recreation center? Should we charge $2.00
per head for every bowler?
- Should all tours utilizing
a local facility (e.g. private or municipal/ state float, building
or kiosk) pay sales tax regardless if they are sold on visiting
- With our existent resources,
how would you broaden our tax base?
- In future land sales, should
there be special dispensation for locals?
- Would you streamline planning
and zoning/ process of procuring building permits?
- How will you determine not
to repeat the problems plaguing the Schoenbar construction? Will
you call for an investigation?
- Currently the organized cruise
industry is playing one British Columbia port off another; the
ports are spending themselves into indebtedness building infrastructure
to accommodate larger and more ships with no guaranty. Would
you work with your counterparts in other ports of call for regional
decisions? How else might you effectively negotiate with the
strength of unity?
- Would you spend public funds
to promote one side of any issue coming up for a vote? Will you
accept the voter answer; Yes or no?
The views of school board and
borough mayor candidates are also of interest.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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