Update: Saturday - 10/04/03 - 2:15 pm
for submitting questions 10/05/03....
First Published: Monday
September 15, 2003
For All Candidates
Reader's Question #1. (09/22/03)
Do you think it responsible
of the Borough to increase our taxes to provide more convenient
working (new government building) conditions, when the old mill
offices are available to them while kids in this town fight for
space to recreate.
Reader's Question #2. (09/22/03 2:40 pm)
Many candidates have suggested
they would make staff cuts as either the sole means of achieving
fiscal responsibility or staff cuts combined with revenue increases.
Which Borough staff and/or departments do these candidates feel
are superfluous and expendable? Or if not that, least important
Reader's Question #3. (09/25/03 - 1:00 pm)
If the city of Ketchikan has
all this extra money in the bank, should city taxes be reduced
to give taxpayers a break? Why is the city looking for so many
ways to spend our money on lavish and expensive projects such
as new library and museum construction?
Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly Candidates
Reader's question #1. (09/15/03)
What planning methods would
you use for future projects?
Reader's question #2. (09/15/03)
Several if not all of the candidates
have stated that the Assembly should "fully fund" the
school district. What obligation does the Assembly have, if any,
to insure that the funding is wisely used by the school district
Reader's question #3.
Recently the current Assembly
increased our property taxes and refused to make significant
cuts in Borough grants to non profit special interest groups.
In at least one case, the Borough obligates local taxpayers to
pay for services from the UAS Ketchikan Campus that, according
to Statute, should be paid by State funds.
Should local residents be forced to pay for University services
that are an obligation of the State?
How can we bring some sort of control and spending limit on this
Borough grants program?
Should we continue this Borough grants program when we are forced
to cut required services such as the Borough bus? Thank you!
Reader's question #4. (09/22/03 - 11:30 pm)
In light of the current and
continuing tight budget situation within the borough, what is
your position with regard to the possibility of raising taxes
to increase revenues? And if you favor increased taxation, how
would you accomplish it? i.e. property tax increase, head tax,
increased user fees, etc.
Reader's question #5. (09/28/03 - 11:50 pm)
Have you ever been asked to
be dishonest as part of your job? If so, how did you handle it?
Would you lie to, or mislead, the public if you felt the public
would ultimately benefit?
Reader's question #6. (10/04/03 - 2:15 pm)
What do you think could be
done to keep good jobs here in Ketchikan that are or might be
exported to employees down south? And what more could the Borough
do to promote new, good paying jobs?
Ketchikan School Board Candidates
Reader's question #1. (09/15/03)
I, along with several hundred
(at last count, about 600) parents, home school or send our children
to private schools. I do not object to having my tax dollars
go to funding public education. However, I have a difficult time
swallowing when public tax dollars are used to fund activities
or items that are outside of classroom instruction or for the
up keep of buildings. Recently, some members of the current school
board (along with some teachers) laid the blame on the Assembly
for the lack of paper towels in their classrooms. (did anyone
think of asking each student to bring a roll of paper towels
to school with them?) My question is this, if you are elected
or re-elected to the school board what are your priorities for
funding in the budget? And, what if anything can be done to improve
relationships between the School board and the Assembly?
Reader's question #2. (09/18/03)
When is the Ketchikan School
Board going to stop these endless requests for "helping
hands" from Ketchikan taxpayers long after the budget has
When is the Ketchikan School board going to start developing
some budget discipline and start working within the limits of
Reader's question #3. (10/02/03 - 10:20 pm)
For over a decade there has
been a huge problem with the drop out rate here in Ketchikan.
Over the years many candidates for school board always express
a concern but nothing ever gets done after they are elected to
really address the problem. Over in Craig, Alaska, they have
started a pilot project to address the drop out rate. It is designed
to reach the kids who have already dropped out, draw them back
into an educational setting and to keep other kids who may be
considering dropping out in an educational setting. Furthermore,
P.A.C.E. which is a charter school part of the Craig School District,
has managed to attract so many students that enrollment this
year was cut off at 600 with the other students being referred
to other charter schools similar to P.A.C.E.
If elected to the school board
would you consider this district entering an agreement with the
P.A.C.E. program like other districts have and would you as a
board member consider looking into the pilot program that Craig
has started this year ?
Reader's question #4. (10/02/03 - 10:20 pm)
If part of the problem with
students dropping out or students choosing other educational
options has to do with district policies? Would you as a board
member try to effect some changes ?
Reader's question #5. (10/02/03 - 10:20 pm)
Why hasn't Ketchikan considered
having a charter school that would address the drop out rate
instead of having two elementary charter schools ?
Reader's question #6. (10/02/03 - 10:20 pm)
What as a board member are
you willing to do to stop some of "labeling" done by
teachers on students who they deem to be "problems"?
Do you think this has something to do with the high drop out
rate in this district?
Reader's question #7. (10/02/03 - 10:20 pm)
The community of Ketchikan
has a huge number of wonderful sports programs such as the Ketchikan
Dribblers League, Little League baseball, the Ketchikan Youth
Soccer League, bowling leagues, a running club to name but a
few. Ketchikan also has many opportunites available to students
interested in art or music that are not part of the school district.
Wouldn't it be cheaper for this district to pay in full or part
of the fees for students to take part in these activites instead
of using educational dollars out of a school budget that is already
streched to the max?
Candidates For Ketchikan City Mayor
Reader's question #1. (09/19/03)
The mayor represents the city
when traveling on official business. What impression do you want
people to have of Ketchikan and how will you achieve it?
Reader's question #2. (09/24/03 - 10:50 pm)
I heard today at the Chamber
Luncheon, about the tremendous reserves held by the city, and
KPU. Do you believe the City of Ketchikan can fund the total
Student Activities funds, and should they? I believe this is
basically a social function. I also remember that KPU Telephone
is supported by the entire Borough, and helps to clear some of
the water costs of the city. Thanks.
Reader's question #3. (09/25/03 - 1:00 pm)
Employee moral within the City
of Ketchikan departments is an all time low, in part due to the
City Manager's lack of responding to employee complaints. Specifically,
the Police Department is a mess; complaints have been lodged
on numerous occasions, but nothing seems to happen. As Mayor
what would you do to clean up this mess?
Reader's question #4. (10/01/03 - 12:45 pm) Why has only
one mayoral candidate responded to the question dealing with
low morale among City employees, more specifically, the police
Ketchikan City Council Candidates
Reader's question #1. (09/15/03)
What role, if any, should the
City Council play in getting better, more reliable internet service
Reader's question #2. (09/23/03 8:05 pm)
Last spring the Borough Manager
eliminated three department directors positions to save money
and keep rank and file workers on the job. Could the City do
the same thing to save money? Could the Library Director and
Museum Director positions be eliminated and their responsibilities
transfered to the Assistant City Manager?
Reader's question #3. (09/30/03 12:55 pm)
How do you make your hardest
How do you feel about our economy
and how are you going to improve it?
What is your position on animal
What do you think about the jewelry stores in Ketchikan that
bring their own workers here, then leave? How is it helping Ketchikan?
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