By Al Johnson
November 19, 2006
Galvin Piercy has asked key questions regarding Consolidation.
Let me offer what I understand to be fact. There is no reversal
of the action to consolidate if the vote is in favor of. It
is specifically denied by statue.
As to the thoughts on including specific actions that will result
from a vote to Consolidate. The escape clause offered, "The
newly elected assembly will decide" is the standard cop
out by the proponents.
I offer as an example of what could have been the model and
did happen in the case of Sitka, which chose the route of Unification
Sitka's city Mayor and borough manager jointly agreed that unification
would provide efficiencies and potential savings. Together,
they literally sat at a kitchen table and formulated a successful
campaign strategy on butcher paper.
What they did would be viewed today as collusion and unethical
by the Political Correct crowd. They designed single-handedly,
the format and consequences of the goals for Unification and
put their names and reputations on the line for the effort.
The Sitka Borough manager, Rocky Gutarrie and the City mayor,
a fellow named Dapavich took the prospective homemade Unification
proposition door to door throughout Sitka. Both gentlemen vowed
that taxes would remain at a set level for a minimum of x number
of years. They laid out specifically what managerial positions
would be eliminated, what departments would look like, and the
manning/cost of unifying would be and the projected long range
budgets numbers could be expected within reason.
The Sitka Unification vote
was successful. The projected mill/tax rate, cost, and departmental
changes developed as swore to by the two managers was maintained
for several years.
Unfortunately, as with any
governmental activity that bares no responsibility or consequence,
for both gentleman's good intentions, several years later following
their era of political leadership, Sitka more and more reflects
the general lassie fair attitude of government in general.
Mr. Piercy, as well as Mr. Thomas have again clearly pointed
out the inexcusable ability of the proponents to do anything
but offer pompous pontification platitudes of wondrous projections.
In my opinion, what is lacking in the current Ketchikan Consolidation
effort is the credibility and honor of character. The same elements
found lacking in the previous efforts to unify/Consolidate this
Let me add to the conversation the subject of senior citizen
property tax exemption. I have not pursued the matter save to
wonder how Juneau is in the position of circumventing State statue
which mandates established boroughs to honor the 50% or $150,000.00,
which ever is greater senior personal housing property. My assumption
is that the statue applies to any and all boroughs established
before or during the birth of this statue. Juneau is challenging
that assumption and the Ketchikan Charter commission has done
nothing to assure to the contrary of that assumption.
I close with a cautionary note:
"A government that is big enough to give you everything
you want is big enough to take it all away."-Ronald Reagan
Ward Cove, AK
Received November 18, 2006 - Published November 19, 2006
About: "Long time resident involved in opposition to the
last three efforts to Unify/Consolidate this borough."
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