Being born right after the Depression and crying for a five-cent ice cone when we had no money, I would like to comment on the energy bill in progress right now.
The Energy Rebate Program offered by Sen. Tom Wagoner catches my attention as being the best possible way to assist people with their energy costs, but I'd like to add my opinion about all the people who will be left out of it who makes a blind energy payment every month.
Recently my wife and I were employed by John Williams, our borough mayor, as a manager of an apartment complex for low-income people in Kenai. I am familiar with the rules and regulations of Alaska Housing and Rural Development housing of the Department of Agriculture. It is a great program allowing people who have income of 1$ up to approximately $20,000 to have an affordable home to live in.
A very large population of the state of Alaska are left out of this program who are very deserving and that is any person in the state who "pay rent" for a place to live.
I strongly feel that every tenant is indirectly paying for that utility, which is being paid for by the apartment or house owner. I know it would complicate things to get a list of all the people from the owners and managers of rental property, but that would only be fair and equitable and the government is an expert at making things complicated.
The way our country is sliding downhill, a lot of people are going to need more than an energy credit.
Paul D. Morrison
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