Let the voters decide

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2006

I just don’t understand our local government.

The borough clerk is refusing to allow an initiative to be circulated that would cap the amount of revenue the borough can take in.

This contested ballot issue has already been approved in other Alaska boroughs and has even survived a legal challenge in state court. Why would the borough want to risk losing more taxpayer money to challenge this in court again?

For heaven’s sake, let the nonpaid volunteers at A.C.T. bring this issue to the taxpayers of this borough.

Taxpayers have already shown they want a little more control over the way their money is being spent. Two issues A.C.T. put on the ballot at the last election were passed handily. Those two voter-approved ballot measures have already saved borough taxpayers a lot of money.

Because the clerk has denied this initiative petition, it has forced A.C.T. to proceed with a legal challenge and the borough will be spending taxpayer dollars to defend their weak position using taxpayers money.

In a democracy of the people, etc., this is foolish. Let A.C.T. get the signatures and then let the voters decide.

Joann Odd


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