We think the borough voters should have the opportunity to vote up or down the proposed borough professional manager type of government. It appears to work well in the Mat-Su borough and the cities of Soldotna and Kenai as an illustration. A pro would not have any involvement in politics, since he or she would be totally engaged in the business of a cost-effective, visionary borough government similar to a top manager in the private sector.
When we see two economic development district enterprises locally, it makes us wonder why two are necessary? This is one small illustration of a local duplication. There are others! The borough handles multi-millions of our money, so why not have a professional manager?
The balance of an education in business and engineering as the primary criteria for the manager is a good balance. An engineer would have a tendency to gold plate. An accountant would have a tendency to penny pinch. The manager with a combination of business and engineering would bring us someone halfway in between with excellent vision.
The strong mayoral type of government is fast becoming a thing of the past in most cities of the United States for obvious reasons. Modern times demand modern tools the very best tools!
Bill and Samon Arnold, Sterling
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