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Vote, October 4th!

By Amy T. Thompson


October 02, 2016
Sunday PM

Wake up people! Do you want higher sales taxes and property taxes as high as 18% in the city? If our local taxes continue to rise people will leave, which will eventually result in a reduction of tax revenue. Consider the people living on a fixed or low income, barely able to pay their property tax bill now. Foreclosure will be their only option. For some, any increase in sales tax can result in less food on the table and it will certainly cause people to spend less in general. Increased taxes also produce the adverse effect of less money going into the donation coffers. Many of the social programs that certain candidates champion should be getting their funding from donations, not off the backs of the very people they are purporting to help. There is also the mantra being sung to the rooftops to buy local. Increased sales tax will just push more people to shop online.

Do your homework, take a careful look at the candidates’ proposals and the ramifications. Think about where your money is going to go. The information is out there: local paper, SitNews, radio, public forum debates. Or call the candidates and ask them questions, or use SitNews’ forum to ask candidates questions. Make an informed decision and get out there and vote. Your pocketbook and livelihood depend on it.

Informed Voter

Amy T. Thompson
Ward Cove, Alaska

Received September 30, 2016 - Published October 02, 2016

Editor's Note:

The Ketchikan Borough Election is Tuesday, October 04, 2016

KGB Election Information - Sample Ballots, Borough Election Pamphlet, Polling Places, etc.

City of Ketchikan Election Information


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