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RE: City Taxes and You
By Mike Isaac


October 18, 2008

Rodney Dial has some very good ideas. I have always liked that route in fixing what is broken. My father was very active with Howard Jarvis and his Prop 13 which held property tax at 1% of the purchase price per year. That law keep us from being taxed into the innercity or valley areas of California as beach property values went up at light speed.

Another idea is to require a 2/3 vote plus 1 to raise taxes and let's not forget fees. Fees should also be treated as taxes and need a vote of the people.

Mr. Dial, it sounds like you have some very good ideas and you should go the petition route because those that hold elected office could put language into your law to water it down. Another idea is to have a lawyer write up your petition so it can not be tossed out in court. Your ideas take power away from the government and give it to the people and those ideas will not be popular down on Ketchikan's Front Stree.

Good luck Mr. Dial. If I still lived up there I would help you get those signatures.

Mike Isaac
Arrowbear Lake, CA

About: "Former longtime Ketchikan Resident"


Received October 16, 2008 - Published October 18, 2008

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