Yes on Ballot Proposition
1 and 2
By Susan Doherty
September 26, 2006
Dedicated friends and neighbors have spent several years researching,
planning, and soliciting input on what has evolved into The
White Cliff Center project. On October 3rd, you will have an
opportunity to support this vision of a multigenerational facility
by voting yes on Proportions 1 and 2. For the plan to move forward
both measures need to pass.
No one likes raising taxes, but like the half-cent for recreation,
this half-cent is dedicated to this purpose, not the general
fund where it can be spent on any project that gets an ear.
Many of the concerns I have heard people express are based on
miss information and hearsay. If you have concerns please take
the time to make sure those concerns are based in fact. There
is an information session at the Ted Ferry Center on Friday September
29th from 5 to 7:30 pm. Please stop by and get accurate information
on which to base your decision.
All of the organizations involved have played a valuable role
in our community for many, many years. The community has already
shown their support or they wouldn t be in existence. The conceptual
design is well thought out, and the price tag reflects approximately
20% for contingencies. A portion of the money from the cent
sales tax will be set aside to finance long term maintenance
items such as paint, windows, and roof replacement on a scheduled
life expectancy basis. That means we won t be asked later down
the line to provide additional funding to maintain what we have.
Once the bond is retired, that portion of the tax can be dedicated
to another community project.
Facilities within the building will be available to other organizations
and community members when not reserved by the permanent occupants,
which is a much-needed commodity in this community.
These are just a few of the areas people have expressed concerns
about to me. If you have other questions or concerns, please
attend the Friday information session. If you are already a convinced
supporter, you need to vote on Oct 3rd, and you need to vote
"YES" on both propositions. Thank you.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "26 year resident"
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Proposition 1 - Sales Tax Increase:
For the full text of Ordinance No. 1403 click here
Proposition 2 - Bonds: For
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