Story last updated at 4:11 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002

Public art good, taxes bad
Every reasonable person agrees that public art is desirable and should be included in any city project. The question becomes "Who should pay for it?" I'm convinced that Homerites will gladly contribute to such a project; we will. This voluntary route to me is much preferable to extortion by taxation to pay for it. In the case of the library project, the public money saved could buy 3,000 books.

This subject is part of the city council majority's desire to spend additional tax money generated from the annexation. This is after telling the Legislature that it would use the additional revenue for a tax reduction for the entire city.

They don't seem to be good stewards of the public purse. One of them came up with the idea of raising the sales tax to pay for the new library, in effect advocating using general revenues for a long-term capital improvement. The finance director had told the council that the city could sell bonds at a 4 percent interest rate to build the library. The city's waste of taxpayer funds on ongoing lawsuits seems to be a never-ending saga.

Doug Stark