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Voter apathy adds to budget woes
Feb 27, 2012 | 137 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor:

As with a lot of people, I have been following the news concerning our school deficit of $3.5 million.

I find it interesting that so many people are upset about Main Elementary closing, but I wonder where most of those parents were during our last elections. The high school renovations passed with as few as 2,200 voting. Where were the other 7,000 registered voters? Also the new swimming pool, has it turned a profit? Oh, and let’s not forget the reoccurring multimillion dollar new football field the city and borough want.

On the ballot this last election was a proposal for an increase in the sales tax and mill rate that would have spread the burden over the entire community. Now that the ax is ready to make the cuts to get Kodiak back on track financially, people are coming out of the woodwork crying foul.

Here area few things I have witnessed the school district can improve on:

• Stop using the walls in the rural school gyms as target backgrounds for archery and BB gun tournaments.

• Schools are for learning, not for a community get-together to watch sports on closed-circuit TV and serve refreshments, nor are they the local movie theater.

• School vehicles are for school use, not for school employees to drive to and from work every day.

• Turn off the lights at night; try treating the school like it was your home. The thermostat goes to 60 at 4 p.m. and to 65 at 6 a.m.

Also, why have two governments? Both of them get their wages from our taxes, the same taxes that seem to be out of control. Our taxes went up with the new appraisals, yet our roads are a travesty and people have to walk in the middle of the streets because the city can’t keep the sidewalks clear of snow.

We’re broke; if you went to Wells Fargo with that kind of deficit, what would they say? It’s time that the citizens of Kodiak spoke up and said, “Stop spending money we don’t have.”

Get out and vote!

Dana Bethea
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