Does anyone else feel that the Assembly is financially out of control?
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The Assembly has never seen a piece of waterfront property that it does not want to buy, thereby removing it from the property tax rolls. DeHarts Marina is just one example. No doubt Harris Harbor needed upgrades, but it now has many fewer boat stalls and looks like a California country club marina. Our commercial fishermen are going to Hoonah, etc., as they can no longer afford the fees. Every week or so we hear of more property purchases or major projects that the Assembly plans - now it is the Masonic Temple to give to the state; last year it was build a new capitol and give to the state - what will it be next year? Only the voters kept the cost of the new high school from going sky-high.
So how do they pay for these pie-in-the-sky desires? Well, remove the senior tax exemption - after all, the Assembly only knows high income seniors. Interestingly, most of the seniors I know are low-income and barely scraping by. As we get old and our incomes shrink, our medical bills go up and the exemption removal will be a severe hardship for me. I don't want to be forced to leave Juneau. I live in Mountain View and look at Harris Harbor each day, and I think about the fancy upgrade and the high fees.
Fees on everything have gone up. Now, I understand that a lot of people's property taxes are going up by as much as 15 percent. I am angry and upset that the Assembly has been trying for several years to remove the senior tax exemption. But I am also aware of the users and property owners.
Am I the only one who feels our Assembly is financially irresponsible and afflicted with the "tax-and-spend" syndrome?