Tonight when I peeled my “I Voted” sticker from my shirt front I reflected today marks the first time I have ever voted “no” on a bond issue during the 17 years I have lived in Juneau. I voted no because after taking out my pencil and adding and subtracting I could not find anywhere in my budget to squeeze any more money out for our city, I wanted to, but I just couldn’t balance the numbers.
The ladies and gentlemen who work the property tax division for CBJ can attest how in the past I have shown up to pay property tax with a smile on my face, thankful for our brave fire fighters, our brave officers who protect us, the incredible workers who get up at ungodly hours to clear our streets so we can get to work, and truth be told I enjoy the flowers in the meridian. It always comes down to money, or lack of there of. So no one mistakes me for anyone wealthy, or important, most of the time I was paying property tax for a slightly less than palatial mobile home in Sprucewood.
Jurgis Rudkins chanted over and over to himself “I will work harder,” and for my entire life I have used his ideology as a baseline for my own existence, and for the contributions I am able to make for others.
Working harder no longer seems to be the reasonable answer. More money seems to feed hyperinflation. I always scorned the “just say no” program as total failure, but tonight joined the ranks.