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The rotting corpse of consolidation
By John Harrington


September 25, 2007
Tuesday PM

Rodney Dial, what do you call someone who repeatedly states a falsehood? It has been explained to you numerous times that the 2 mill increase projected in the Consolidation Petition was a worse case scenario. It was a projection that would have been true whether consolidation happened or not. It was based on the need to pay for the extraordinary increases in State Retirement programs. Guess what? The State of Alaska has pretty much resolved that issue. So no increase would have happened.

I know you have heard all this before. So why do you keep repeating falsehoods like "Consolidation document indicated a projected 2-mill property tax . . . Because consolidation failed we all have been spared higher tax bills." Consolidation did fail, and the city has increased your taxes by extending city sales tax to deliveries to non-city borough residents.

Consolidation is dead. It was killed, maybe for the wrong reason, but it is just as dead.

And to paraphrase your biblical quote: "What does it profit a man if he wins on an issue through misstatement and loses his soul?"

John Harrington
Ketchikan, AK

About: "I spent two years of my life involved in writing a consolidation petition that was less than I wanted, but better than any previous document. None the less, Consolidation is dead and it is probably just as well to bury it. So I had to get in one last dig at the grave."

Received September 25, 2007 - Published September 25, 2007


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