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Vote for the fiscally responsible; No tax increases

By Hannah Ramiskey


October 03, 2016
Monday PM

There should be a concern that a former Ketchikan school board member on the Ketchikan Borough Assembly, and one attempting to be on the Assembly, have an agenda that involves funneling more funds to the school district regardless of perilous financial times.

Per the purpose of each body, the School Board is to develop an educational program and the Borough is to decide if the community can afford it. It is the same check and balance in many governmental designs in America.

For those running for the Assembly who are openly discussing whether they should raise taxes via sales tax or property tax, we should voice our concern at the polls.

With over half of school children on free and reduced lunch and the state contemplating its own income or sales tax, we need to be reviewing every local department and every expenditure - not raising taxes.

Local businesses who employ and generate sales tax are already beat up by the internet and Seattle competition. Government workers, as many candidates are, (or were), need to understand that their lively hood is also in jeopardy - who is going to pay these new taxes?

And with the possible loss of the Perm Fund, population may decrease. Every expenditure at the City, Borough, and School District should be openly discussed as to determine its community ranking benefit.

Vote for the fiscally responsible - the long term future of Ketchikan will ride on it.

Hannah Ramiskey
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received October 03, 2016 - Published October 03, 2016

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Editor's Note:

The Ketchikan Borough Election is Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Two Propositions on Ballot - Voters To Decide Two Propositions Tuesday; Raise Cigarette and Tobacco Excise Tax and Raise the General Sales Tax by 1/2% - On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Ketchikan Borough voters will not only have the opportunity to vote on candidates for Borough Mayor, two Assembly Members, and two School Board Members, there are also two ballot propositions to be decided: A Cigarette and Tobacco Product Excise Tax and a Five-Year Extension of the School Capital Projects Sales Tax.- More...
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