Story last updated at 12:43 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2002

Grocery tax offers relief
Kenai Peninsula Borough Proposition No. 4 represents meaningful tax relief to consumers of nonprepared foods.

The borough and two local cities are flexing their muscle power on the people that purchase nonprepared food. On the Kenai Peninsula, we have seven governments consisting of the borough, Homer, Kachemak City, Kenai, Seldovia, Seward and Soldotna. Pretty impressive, but very expensive to all the residents and taxpayers who are situated in or travel through those entities.

In the Anchorage Bowl in the 1970s we had two local governments: The Greater Anchorage Area Borough and The City of Anchorage. Both governments realized the cost to their respective residents and taxpayers was not cost-effective as two entities. Sales tax was the threat at that time if the situation remained status quo. The two local governments called for an election and formed one government: The Municipality of Anchorage.

Does the Municipality of Anchorage have a sales tax today? The answer is No!

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has a population of less than 50,000. What would happen if we had one government like the Municipality of Anchorage? No sales tax, period? It is time to investigate the real savings with one government on the Kenai Peninsula as opposed to the cost of seven existing governments today.

In this open letter, we call upon the Alaska Voters Organization at http://www.akvoters.org to put together a Blue Ribbon Task Force made up of voters from the entire borough and all the peninsula cities to study the cost of seven governments versus one government on the Kenai Peninsula. We believe it is time for this type of study. Government in any fashion is expensive, much less seven entities.

In the interim we urge everyone to vote Yes on KPB Proposition No. 4 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough election, Oct. 1 as our protest to government muscle-flexing power versus the nonmuscled, nonprepared-food consumer.

Bill and Samon Arnold, Sterling

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