By Kyleen Luhrs, Brittany Auger, and Caitlyn Lewis
October 01, 2007
We are concerned that the initial reaction to this proposition might be "Well I don't like jewelry stores." But this issue isn't about whether or not a citizen is a fan of jewelry stores. Our economy relies heavily on the seasonal industry of tourism. Limiting business would give Ketchikan a negative reputation. For a positive economy and future, we want to welcome new business.
As high school students we
are also concerned this initiative one could hurt school district
funds. Limiting jewelry stores in Ketchikan would decrease
property values of the downtown buildings, and the difference
would have to be accounted. The school district receives 100%
of its funding from property taxes and would most likely receive
additional cuts. The school district is already operating on
a tight budget and we don't want to see even more programs and
services being lost to financial difficulties. Supporting a
faulty proposition is not worth this risk.
Kyleen Luhrs, Brittany Auger,
and Caitlyn Lewis
About: " We were all born and raised in Ketchikan and are now senniors attending Ketchikan High School"
Received September 30, 2007 - Published October 01, 2007
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