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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Alaska's wealthiest local government -- is shutting down Barrow's public bus system

The borough includes the North Slope oil fields and northern segments of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in its industrial property tax base. Its tax is assessed at about $10 billion.

Packer said much of the revenues are quickly absorbed in running the 88,800-square-mile borough -- the largest in the state.

"People forget this was third-world conditions just 30 years ago," he said. "We've been bringing it up to present-world conditions, with a basic level of amenities. So it's a little condescending for people outside to say, 'Oh, you're the richest.' It's very expensive in the Arctic." Alternate transportation-Click to enlarge

Barrow is the northernmost town in the United States, with a population of 4,300 people.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous TotalFarkGurl said...

Glad to see that someone decided to clean up the yard before the pic was taken. I bet it smells nice, and what lovely music all those dogs must make.

Seriously, I want to see it for myself.

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't judge a whole village, and especially a state as big as Alaska, on one picture. Although having been to Barrow, I can say it's like the Midwest: nothing to see here, look around, and then leave. Alaska has some of the most incredible scenery of any part of the world.

Hey, why don't you marry the guy, and get him to clean up his yard. That's what did it for me.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous SmallStateGuy said...

Holy Hugeness, Batman! That one borough (like a county) is larger than the whole state of Minnesota, in fact if it were a state, it would rank as the 12th largest state!

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/area.shtml

11:54 PM  

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