An ill wind is blowing across the Kenai Peninsula. A group of tax radicals in the Kenai-Nikiski area have been fomenting this ill wind for several years and are seemingly bent on dismantling our already underfunded and financially stressed school system.
They claim to be concerned taxpayers, but I submit that each and every one of us are concerned taxpayers. No one wants to see foolish spending of taxpayers’ dollars.
I think it is clear to any reasonable person who examines our school budget that not only is there no fat to cut, the school board has been forced to cut deep into the bone over the past decade. Yet, the ACT group contends that there is lots of waste going on.
I would say that the evidence is empirical. School programs have been cut, classroom supplies are so scarce that teachers pay for them out of pocket. Class sizes have continued to increase. Fuel and maintenance budgets continue to rise.
Borough Proposition 2 is another horrible referendum brought to us by the ACT group. We must vote “No” on their referendum that would repeal an attempt by the borough assembly to re-establish the sales tax at historic 3 percent levels. You may recall that KPB sales taxes are dedicated solely to education funding.
Please join me and all the living Kenai borough mayors in opposing Prop 2 and the ACT agenda.
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