Irresponsible bonds

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

I would like to offer the following regarding the upcoming school bond ballot after having read "Juneau's fiscal future worries city's leaders" in the Sunday paper.

Given the current cuts proposed by the governor (I've heard figures of between $130 million and $160 million) during the upcoming fiscal year as well as a recent article in the Anchorage Daily News that indicates that he plans to cut an additional $250 million next fiscal year, it would appear to me to be very irresponsible on the part of Juneau citizens to approve the sale of additional bonds for the proposed second high school and equipment in the current facility.

Cuts of the above magnitude will have a secondary impact in that one can reasonably anticipate substantive cuts in state employment with a collateral reduction in service related employment. Absent replacement jobs with substantially equivalent salaries and benefits, people will be forced to leave town, resulting in fewer students and further cuts in state contributions to the Juneau School District.

Now is not the time to assume a large financial burden.

Kenneth H. Lea


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