Library, pool, fire station...???
By Charles Edwardson
November 30, 2008
I read Rodney Dial's assessments on the taxes we pay and I learn
more from his articles (assuming that they are accurate) than
I do from listening to the Borough Assembly or the Ketchikan
City Council.when they discuss their dreams on how to stabilize
our economy in Ketchikan. (How a new library will assist in doing
that I have yet to make the connection.
To listen to them planning these projects, do the Borough Assembly
and City Council, realize what is happening around them (economically)?
I agree that a new library would be nice, but at this time is
it really a priority or just a fashionable position to be in
at this time? It is a needed project I will concede. With our
bridges falling down around us, the now full blown recession
that will eventually hit us here in Ketchikan, and hillsides
coming down, our infrastructure is crumbling in Ketchikan. Is
a library what I want my public officials using their time for,
with lower prices for crude, that will affect the state budget
for local capitol projects. I think it is time both the Borough
Assembly, and the City Council get back down to earth and stop,
parroting the library discussion,, and concentrate on what we
have, start guarding what surplus we have and hope for a better
economic climate in the next year or two.
Seriously, local officials are in a dream world if they think
that many of these projects can be built by us alone. We cannot
afford to hang on here in Ketchikan if our taxes keep going up
and our city officials must understand this fact. At the state
level we (Ketchikan) are not a priority especially lately. This
what you, as officials, should be 'dreaming' about -- how to
get Ketchikan back on the list of places that might get some
consideration when the state hands out money.
We the citizens of Ketchikan
are already taxed to the hilt, and have little left to give back
to this city. I have taken on another job on top of being a general
contractor, my wife works full time and my kids all work (except)
my eleven year old, and it is hard for me to appreciate this
fervor about a library when just living here in Ketchikan is
getting harder. I know the quality of life argument with the
library but that does not hold water if you can't afford to
I want you elected officials
to worry about school enrollment, infrastructure crumbling, job
development, industry development -- something that is going
to help this town weather what is coming , not a new library
at this time,
Received November 26, 2008
- Published November 30, 2008
what point do we hold the line on new taxes? By Rodney Dial
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