Proud of the No voters!
By Rick Watson
October 04, 2006
I am proud of those of you who voted NO on the White Cliff renovation,
rest assured you made the right choice. It is sad that the seniors
and the arts community must wait a while longer before they possibly
get a new facility, but it will be worth the wait. I hope this
failure sent a strong message to those who wish to raise our
taxes and renovate old buildings. Those that think renovating
is a good solution, there are exceptions to the rule but for
every successful one you can show me I can show you 3 that were,
or are still a nightmare and a bad decision for various reasons.
Raise our taxes - why not provide
better funding options? How about matching grants, there are
so many Private, State and Federal grants available for such
projects that there is no excuse to put the sole burden on city
taxpayers or bonds. Those that proposed this project did not
do their homework as claimed. If they did, they may have passed
a proposal to build a new senior and arts center.
Next time I suggest your advisory
board be made up more of diversified individuals rather than
all supporters. It will most likely be a better proposal and
have a better chance of passing than the lop-side failure of
your current one.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Received October 04, 2006 - Published October 04, 2006
About: " I have been involved in several major renovations
here in Ketchikan. The majority of which were renovated for cost
savings reasons, but most turned out to be expensive nightmares,
even many years later."
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