Letter to the editor: Say no to Prop 1

Say no to Prop 1

At first glance ballot Proposition 1 on the Oct. 2 municipal election might seem like an issue worthy of your support, but on closer examination that may not be the case at all.

This is about building a $15 million school in the Russian village of Kachemak Selo to serve 45 students. Do they need a new school? Possibly. Do they need a $15 million school? Definitely NOT.

The State of Alaska, with its long history of overspending, has decided on the size, specifications, cost of this school and now wants voters of the Kenai Borough to buy into their madness.

Sure, the first $10 million is coming from the state, so we only need to come up with $5 million. But wait, I thought the state was short of money? Just maybe it is because the legislature refuses to control spending on projects like this one.

As you know, the Kenai Peninsula Borough does NOT have $5 million available and will be forced to bond for that amount. Which means taxpayers will pony up the cash. This $5 million will be on top of the $179,210,293 the borough and local service areas are already indebted for.

Maybe it is time to say NO to the crazy spending habits of our government and force them to come back with a more reasonable alternative.

Please join me voting NO on ballot Proposition 1 Oct. 2.

— Mike McBride, North Kenai

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