Some of us are aware of the incredible spending that goes on here in Kodiak. Referencing the luxury boat tours and trespassing in Wednesday's Mirror — we are seeing the same thing going on locally as well. But we are debtors to the borough and the city. They pretty much think they can do as they wish. In this case I define “debtor” as someone who has not had a mortgage payment in decades but is now required to pay $500 to $1,000 a month to the borough in taxes.
Did you know that just because the local governments raise taxes it doesn't justify anything? They say it needs to be done because it hasn't been done in years. There is another way of putting it. We said no to raising taxes. You raised it anyway. You say ‘yes’ to hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses without a way of paying for it. Then you raise the taxes to pay for it.
Some of us have been watching our very special friends leaving Kodiak because of the financial commitments to which our local government has given us.
Life has become quite impossible for many of the lower-income wage earners. Several families have moved into one residence. Also, we have friends with five and more family members purchasing small two-bedroom homes to beat the rent. Then they get a new tax bill and learn that their taxes went way up.
Isn't it something to watch how well others are willing to commit our money to their ideas? There are plenty of people who say some wonderful things around here now that don’t have our best interests in mind. Some of us would like to thank Dawn and Joe Black for making a difference in our lives and the lives of many others. Even though everyone else is raising their rents, these hard-working people have not raised any prices and are always there to lend a hand when needed.