Proposition 2 the wrong way to go

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A strong assembly-weak mayor is not the way to go. I am sure some KPB Assembly Members seek to have total control of hiring and firing a "Borough Manager." Proposition 2 will allow the Assembly Members to basically direct all the Borough activities. If Proposition 2 passes this year, the Mayor, which every voter in the Borough now votes for, would be relegated to conducting ceremonial activities with no real power over Borough politics. The Assembly Members, who are are elected only by folks from each of the various regions of the Borough, would become the new power base. We need a strong Mayor, who: 1) is voted in or out by the entire Borough population; and 2) who would not be overly influenced by a local issue of a single Assembly Member. Had this system proposed by Propisition 2 been in place during the recent Hospital (CPH) discussions, I am sure the sale would have been a done deal. It took a strong Mayor with real political power to protect the Boroughs interests. For a real-time look at the problems with adopting Proposition 2, just take a look at the mess the Mat-Su Borough who adopted this form of government. Vote "No" on Proposition 2.

Perry Flotre, Sterling

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