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City’s actions not anti-business

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 3:07pm

There seems to be a group out there that is running on some kind of platform that  the city of Homer is anti-business. The best I can tell, this comes down to some of the biggest water users wanting others that use less water than they do to subsidize their water use like has been done for several decades here. Cheaper water rates for all would be great but if you use it — it’s fair that you pay for it. That’s not anti-business.

It is being said by some short-sighted individuals that  a  sign ordinance is anti-business. This sign ordinance was put in place by a majority of local  businesses who fought  hard over the years to keep it from being gutted. Without a sign ordinance — it becomes a sign proliferation battle between  businesses. Who can put up the biggest flashiest sign. The town gets junky looking. People no longer say “What a beautiful  town,” and visitors quit coming in such numbers.

Allowing that to happen would be anti-business. 

Single use plastic bag ban. That was a  pretty progressive bill. It may  get voided by the public who wants the option of a plastic bag for every purchase. Hundreds of places around the world have cut way back on their disposable bag use by all kinds of bills and laws. If you are too young to remember when we didn’t have such bags, it probably does seem like an anti-something big-brother move. For many businesses it actually is saving money as people get used to not needing a disposable bag for each purchase. 

For the record, coming from a business  (Homer Bookstore) that has been in Homer longer than two of the candidates have been alive, there is nothing anti-business about any regulations I have ever encountered here. Anybody who wants to can open up a business with way less rules-regulations-costs and red tape than most places I would want to be. Taxes are  relatively cheap, zoning restrictions are minimal, city interference is almost non-existant compared to what many other beautiful towns have.

How come anti-business seems to always translate to — I don’t want to play nicely. 

  Lee Post 

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Alaska Jo
Alaska Jo 09/19/13 - 07:36 am
gas line

Of course the entire community subsidized the gas line for Enstar and the local business community so they can save quite a bit of money on their bills this year I am sure.

The real reason this town is anti-business is the high cost of utilities.

This group basically wants the city to use rainy day funds to help pay the water/sewer bills.

What needs to happen is a complete public review of how and why it cost so much in the first place. They have us fighting amongst ourselves, when we really need to get to the root of the problem.

Natural gas should lower costs tremendously, cut out administration costs etc. and the water/sewer bills should come down.

Then who will take a look at why our HEA power bills are the highest in the nation?

foreign_observer 09/19/13 - 04:14 pm

OP mentioned "visitors quit coming in such numbers". I think if you look at the facts, signs point the way to businesses. Most of the 'tourist towns' everywhere have not experienced loss of visitors because of signs - but because of lack of services.
Where I live, the market uses a corn-based plastic bag that deteriorates in a couple of months(if that is the real aim of the ban). Water users fall into 2 categories - those that use the sewer and those that don't. Seems pretty simple. Those that use the(currently inadequate) sewer are paying for that service. Also, more users should not be added until the system can handle much larger volume. Instead, it looks like we'll get a new police station instead.

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