Crisis management leads to
poor decision making
By Charles Edwardson
December 26, 2007
I am not only concerned about the spending practices but the
priority process in which the Ketchikan City Council implements
the budget. Is it through a strategic plan or just what ever
happens to be in front of them at the time? The cruise ship dilemma
facing southeast should be top on the list on City Council, and
Borough Assembly agendas but it appears little or no attention
is being paid to this issue, there seems to be a lot of emphasis
on a library though.
I have not seen any assurances
by our Council or Mayor for that matter that the tour industry
port of call issue is even on their radar. Maybe it is considered
a borough issue. Either way setting the budget may become much
simpler in the very near future because one of the only constants
in Ketchikan right now will be dramatically and predictably reduced
and that is the influx of visitor industry dollars that we have
infused in our budget process.
I would like to hear from our
Mayor (Mayors) more and how he (they) are going to help in this
particular issue. There are many ,many more subjects than the
intertie going on in Ketchikan and the library. The Assembly
and City Council needs to lead the way in potential revenue loss
issues. Address the issues prior to them being a crisis.
Crisis management is very time consuming and stressful for everyone
involved and crisis management leads to poor decision making.
The library and some of the other budget line items seem insignificant
and unsustainable if we start losing millions in visitor industry
Received December 24, 2007
- Published December 26, 2007
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