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Yes to South Point Higgins Beach
By Linda Beaujean


October 06, 2008

Many have concerns of the fiscal responsibility of the Borough buying the South Point Higgins Beach from the Mental Health Trust. I suggest that all of you please read the fiscal facts that both Eric Muench and Kathleen Wiechelman have outlined in their letters to Sitnews.

With a YES vote, the Borough's balance of the purchase will be about $400,000. That value is less than the current appraisals on most beach front and/or beach view properties! The taxpayers will not have to pay on this balance.

With a NO vote, the property will be sold, most likely to outside developers. Let's look at the possibilities of what might be developed on that property. It could be more family homes, or probably some condominiums, both with "private access only" to the beach. It could be that more industries would develop there, such as a mill or a fish fertilizer plant like the one in Kodiak. It could be used primarily as a tourist attraction. All of these possibilities may generate some money for the Borough. These new developments would probably necessitate the increase of taxes for road maintenance, garbage and power service with the influx of more traffic, homeowners, and/or tour buses in the area.

Selling the beach will not deter the weekend parties. They will find some place else to go.

A YES vote is a smart vote. Read the facts. Think of the future. Vote YES on PROP #1.

Linda Beaujean
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Lifetime Alaskan born and raised in Ketchikan."

Received October 05, 2008 - Published October 06, 2008



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