Taxpayers should practice what they preach on fiscal restraint

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2004

I am a Nikiski resident employed in the petroleum industry on the North Road. Our family uses the North Peninsula Recreation Service Area facilities, and we are thankful for their existence and the services they provide.

However, there has to be limits on what is provided and the types of activities NPRSA proposes to use taxpayer dollars for. I do not believe NPRSA should be getting involved in any endeavor outside its original charter, which was to provide recreation. I do not support their efforts to acquire the elementary school due to associated costs and what the facility will be used for.

If we expect our Legislature and governor to cut state spending and not take on any more boondoggles, then we have to practice what we preach and show some restraint in our own back yard.

We are very reliant on the oil and gas industry, which is having its own problems. The Agrium plant has been downsizing, along with Tesoro's request for less borough assessments. The BP gas to liquids plant is here for the short term. The gas line spur is a long way into the future, if at all. The bigger our budget the more we have to shoulder as taxpayers.

Dave Machado, Vicki Pate and James Price have made a commitment to become part of the solution.

Please consider them when you take a friend to the polls to vote Oct. 5.

Vote "yes" on Propositions 3 and 4.

Vote "no" on Proposition 2.

Steve Vollertsen

Nikiski



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