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Public reduced to ‘payers’ for city

Posted: December 4, 2013 - 4:34pm

Well, it comes to a knock-down, drag-out fight over $100,000 in the 2014 City of Homer budget. Why? 

For some reason, this money represents the pivotal appropriation between success and ruin. If you fund any recreation, “you are doing it on the backs of the employees” (Barbara Howard quote).

This is a city with a budget of  $25 million and reserves of over $11 million that can, have and will be used for any purpose the council agrees to. Maybe money for more bathrooms or to tear down the gym and build a bigger jail?

Who knows? Certainly not the public; we’re just the taxpayers, rate payers, and assessment payers.

I plan to provide some push-back at the city council meeting on Dec. 9 and hope that some of your readers will join me.

 Ken Castner

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LJ 12/05/13 - 10:53 am
why do they hate us?

Am I the only one that feels like the city just hates the citizens and wants to punish us or something? I feel like I am listening to an over controlling authoritative parent when I listen to the city council meetings.

They are complaining about money constantly while they spend it like there is no tomorrow. So much wasteful spending it is ridiculous. We seriously need a public audit.

Why didn't they ask the state for money for a community center like the city of Soldotna, Kenai and Sterling did?

Instead they ask for 15 million for a police/fire station?? (to be located in the exact location that was given to the city for REC and formerly used by the Boys and girls club they were actually sick and twisted enough to shut down)/

As the city complains we have no money, they will expect us to pay for new employees to run this huge arse facility, more for health care!, and more for utility costs and maintenance.

There is something terribly wrong with this city, isn't there?

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