Kenai Peninsula Borough Proposition No. 1 failed by 76 votes. The 76-vote loss is ironic in that our Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Taxation was part of the problem then as it is today.
The borough snuck this election in at a time when there is little interest in politics. The politicians figured it would be a "slam dunk" with rank and file government workers weighing in. The "real" people realized the proposition if approved would have moved the financial responsibility thereof from under the borough mill rate cap. This would have been a dangerous precedent for future elections. The whole scenario was really about how to go outside the mill rate cap and our children were the exploited vehicle.
The people of the municipality of Anchorage have a similar problem with their bond election this week of going outside their mill rate cap if they approve that financing. Hopefully the voters will see through the establishment's sham there like we did here.
Bill and Samon Arnold, Sterling
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