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Higher Kenai Borough sales tax?

Posted: June 8, 2011 - 9:11am

The June 2 Peninsula Clarion reported that assembly members Linda Murphy and Bill Smith will sponsor an ordinance increasing our sales tax. (It was to be introduced at the June 7 assembly meeting.)

If Murphy and Smith’s “budget solution” is implemented and we let it happen we deserve it. 

The article quoted Murphy as saying if the increased sales tax is passed she doesn’t think that people: “…would even notice …”

Huh? Let’s clear up that point here and now; people would notice!

Do we really need more government growth and expense?

The Clarion article indicated the assembly felt the additional $492,000 that was “needed” was a minor issue and that passing a small sales tax increase would generate another $900,000.

It went on to say this increase would take care of the perceived need for the extra $492,000. No one can argue with that arithmetic. Conclusion? Murphy and Smith’s rationale is terribly flawed!

With this demonstrated casual approach to reining in government operating costs the names of these two assembly members need to be remembered.

Cutting borough expenses is the answer, not more taxes as proposed by Murphy and Smith!

Let’s reinforce this position at election time.

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jessnjeff 06/08/11 - 10:18 am
not surprised

The liberal agenda is still on the move and there is little reprieve from it, even up here in Alaska. It seems that some are of the opinion that a big the government and governmental influence is necessary for the care and feeding of the little people. However, history finds that the stronger the government the weaker the people. We would all do well to learn from this and allow the people to be srtong and healthy, rather than indentured and codependant. We don't need higher taxes any more than we need sick trees. It is time to trim the excess, not add to it. If the Smith/Murphy combination would like to contribute more, they can do so by donating their PFD's to a good cause. I don't see increased liability as a good cause and nor do I want to be caused to donate against my will...because that doesn'f fit the definition of 'donation'.

Allen 06/09/11 - 06:09 pm
Anti-government rant funny

We Alaskans are the last ones who are entitled to complain about government, it is a huge percentage of our economy. Who do you think keeps all the construction, engineering and survey companies in business on the Kenai Peninsula? That's right, government! Until Ed Granger and jessnjeff show me that they returned their PFD (welfare) check back to the State this year, they have no right to complain.

witchwitch 06/09/11 - 08:13 pm
Allen's rant is funny for the tax and spenders...

Last year 19% of the voters showed up to vote at the last Borough election. The reason he and hundreds of other big government proponents think it's so funny, is that they know that those who are forced to pay taxes won't show up to vote. Those who fail to vote are allowing this abuse of tax payers because they are supporting these tax increases by their silence at the polls.

The tax and spenders are counting on your silence and are laughing all the way to the bank. Those who receive the buckets of money passed out liberally by the Borough always vote.

If you want these people to find productive ways to earn money, don't make it easy for them to go to the well at the Borough to fill up with YOUR tax dollars.

Think about their laughter and if you find your tax burden unreasonable do something about it.

Please show up and vote.

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