Everyone is experiencing extreme hardship with regard to the current economic state of affairs. On the Kenai Peninsula we are supporting 7 multigovernments, i.e. Kenai Peninsula Borough, cities of Seldovia, Kachemak, Homer, Kenai, Soldotna and Seward. All of these entities are really unnecessary today for our small population of about 50,000-plus.
Statewide rural areas (no borough) totally dependent on the state for services will receive more per capita student funding than the current state and borough contribution combined under the new formula as currently proposed by our state Legislature. This is good for our school children and their educators.
If we dissolved the borough, all our property and sales taxes would simply go away. The state would take over the infrastructure and probably hire some or most of the local folk to man those facilities. The fire and police function would be state with probably higher standards. Roads, etc. would be state, too.
Once the taxes go away, free enterprise would find our area very attractive to invest in and prosper, and we would prosper with them, too; a good fit.
Newsmax reported (recently) that total state, local government paid bureaucrats and workers in Alaska comprise more than 26 percent of our working population, placing us number 1 in the total 50 states. The District of Columbia is not a state but is the highest at more than 33 percent. Hawaii came in a lot lower than Alaska at more than 19 percent, which surprised us.
We think the borough should be dissolved first and let the (boroughwide) city folk decide what is best for them.
This task will require the help of the total populace businesses, attorneys, etc. because our borough mayor has "deep pockets" with an $ 800 million enterprise that he touts every chance he gets.
As long as our economy is government sponsored and generated, we will remain stagnant with little hope for the future. Ask the children why they flee our borough once they are educated.
Bill and Samon Arnold
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