Vote with eye toward economic development

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I would like to encourage the voters of the Kenai Peninsula to get out and vote. I would like them to remember that when they are voting for the borough mayor to keep in mind that a big part of the mayor's job is economic development.

With this in mind, I ask everyone who is voting to remember that John Williams and his staff at the city of Kenai could not come to terms with Wal-Mart. Even though the city of Kenai and the entire peninsula would've greatly benefited from a Wal-Mart store, former Mayor Williams could not reach an agreement with the corporation.

The city of Kenai would have been better off if they had given the land and the building to Wal-Mart just to get them to move into the city. Sales tax revenue alone would have reimbursed the city in two years. This was a no-brainer decision and Williams did not make the right choice.

Thanks for reading this and remember to get out and vote.

Kevin Walker, Kenai

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