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Ward Cove
By Don Borders


November 02, 2009
Monday PM

What's next in the on going saga of local government mismanagement? It's been eleven years ago that the Ward Cove Pulp Plant shut down and then average incomes for the area dropped extremely low. It's only been from outside help from the federal legislators and departments like Homeland Security that have influxed the local incomes to regenerate the revenue which fuels the two local governments through the taxation of the populous. (Walmart helped also, however it's the next to the smallest store they have.) Boys and Girls, it is time to quit playing games and get the property back on to the tax roles.

Anyway, what makes you think if the state had purchased the property at Ward Cove that the state would pay taxes on the place? It must be all the pressure to get, the cost of management, the property out of the hands of the local governments.

Additionally, to actually pay from my taxes to have high profile firms to speculative state that scouring the sand cap would happen if the state ferries were to use Ward Cove as a staging or lay up terminal. What happened to real studies? Like measuring the actual cap in marked locations and have a test run to see after what actually happened. BAD science on the speculators part, poor management on your part, however, it must have been good money for them, to just write it up on paper, because it's all they had to lose and most likely the funds were already in their hands. If the property manager had anything to do with this, he should be let go.

Time to eat the "black chicken" ("crow", if you prefer to think that way) and sell the property to locals and groups of people who have had interest in parts or the whole lot. I am thinking of Rob Holston and others who have already invested time and funds, of their own, which established some sort of income generating enterprise which generates income for us locals and would pay taxes on the property.

Too bad you people, local borough, could not have been more cooperative and given a bit to allow or help Jerry Jenkins to develop the property as you originally agreed to allow him and his deceased business partner. You have already paid out more than it would have cost to assist him. In Your game of hard Nosed Hard Ball, you just struck out!

AGAIN, SO, boys and girls, what's next? Recall petitions?

Don Borders
Ketchikan, AK

Received October 29, 2009 - Published November 02, 2009


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