Visitors get benefits without the taxes

Posted: Friday, June 09, 2006

The annual visitors are back, and the voters need to be aware of their cost to us taxpayers. With property values going up, and additional sources of revenue for the borough needing at be found, I wonder why the voters chose not to tax them with either a bed tax or the 1 percent sales tax, which could be put into seasonal effect.

Some extra expenditure for the borough and cities includes more water for Soldotna because July demand is so extreme, and the solid waste and fish waste also increase exponentially. The use of our borough roads, damaged by RVs and boat trailers, is quite apparent to me, yet we give a snowbird from California or elsewhere free property taxes on a million dollar house on the Kenai River, only to be subsidized by the young generation just getting out of school.

The newly phrased domestic terrorism and ACT really comes to my mind. Let’s hear from the taxpayers.

A good long wait at the Kenai River Bridge on July 3rd will give you some time to think about the impact that the visitors have here with almost no user fees, while they tax us locals out of business.

What is wrong with taxing people who are not from around here?

Lee Q. Wiley

Clam Gulch

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