New capitol a bad idea

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2005

The four proposals for the new capitol building design are so out of touch with anything remotely resembling any design concept found in Alaska, or any where else for that matter. These designs get an automatic rejection.

Maybe I missed something, but I do not recall any real public debate on the $100 million-plus cost of this project. I did see a few comments in the Empire, but other than that little else. It will be up to the Juneau taxpayers to foot the $100 million-plus with no assurance that the state will obligate itself to move in and pay the rent. Furthermore, there could be legal questions.

There is another point in question; might not this project make it more likely that the capital-move people in the railbelt area be more likely to introduce more time and money on more capital-move efforts. Our mayor and city manager should take time to consider this; I doubt that they have.

Juneau could use a new capitol building. After all, it is the state's responsibility to fund and select the architects for this project. Let's hope it isn't these same architects.

Juneau's taxpayers are already taxed to the limit and another $100 million will not help that situation. We need tax relief, not more taxes.

Sign me a bad idea. Let's go back to the drawing board.

Bud Womack

Juneau



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