Public reduced to ‘payers’ for city

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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