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Just Say No to Higher Taxes
By Dustin Hofeling


November 30, 2008

Now is not the time to be building a larger library and pool. Real wages are decreasing as the cost of living is increasing. A simple understanding of economics teaches that you don't spend more money when less is coming in.

But for some reason our governments don't understand this. When cash flow decreases, operations must be terminated. Instead of expanding and growing, our local governments need to consolidate and reduce costs.

Ketchikan is one of the few communities in Alaska that is charged a sales tax, property tax and bed tax. The local governments must lower their operating costs instead of passing on the burden of mismanagement to the public.

I say laissez-faire to our local governments. Leave us alone and stop raising our taxes!

Dustin Hofeling
Ketchikan, AK

About: "I have lived in Ketchikan for 3 years. I have a BS in computer science, and I am working on my MBA through UAS."

Received November 30, 2008 - Published November 30, 2008



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