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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Matanuska-Susitna Borough-The Emerging Police State?

Matanuska-Susitna Borough-The Emerging Police State?

The trickling erosion of citizens rights by the Mat-Su Borough 'Government' is about to become a torrent. And the Citizens will be forced to pay for that which we do not need, or want. What we have is classic taxation without representation.

Among the other poorly thought out ideas to oppress the people and use funds that are already in very short supply, the Borough Bureaucrats are planning a Police Force. Even though the Borough is already policed by the Alaska State Troopers, as well as Federal Agencies, and despite the fact that many communities already have their own police force, the Borough wants a Police Force. Why? One can readily assume it is to oppress freedom. There can be no other valid reason, except for something an aspiring politician can add to their resume. The Council, after providing a 2-day notice, intends to hold fake hearings during the summer, when most Alaskans are spending time in the outdoors with their families. Then the will slip the proposal in the October 4th Ballot, no doubt worded in a confusing way, with no price tag. Of course, anyone who would vote against the “Public Safety”, regardless of the cost either in taxes or freedom, must be “one of them”. They will try to convince you that they, the Borough Government, are your only salvation.

Next, the Council will, despite being told soundly by the voters five times that we do not want a Borough wide sales tax, again put it on the October ballot. Why do they even bother to put it on the Ballot? Why not crush the will of the people, and enact a tax? Send out the Borough police to silence any protests or dissenters.

Don't be fooled if the Council (yes, I know what they are called, but that is my chosen term) tells you that this or that tax will be used to pay for the Police. That is illegal, in violation of the Alaska Constitution.

Another idea that has been struck down in the past is the so-called 'severance tax'. Will they ever listen?

To be fair, there are those on the Assembly, and who are employed by the Borough (that is to say, by the Citizens, at least in theory), who really do care. Unfortunately, they are apparently in the minority, and lack the power to preserve our rights and freedoms.

The question then is: “What are we going to do about it?”

Here is the Notice:

The MSB Assembly will hold a special meeting Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at 5:30 p.m., to introduce the sales and severance tax proposals for a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

Here is the agenda: http://www.matsugov.us/Assembly/schedules/documents/061405spcintrosalesandseverance.pdf

Here is the legislation that is currently under consideration:

1. Ordinance Serial No. 05-065: http://www.matsugov.us/Assembly/documents/05-065or.pdf AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH TO LEVY A SALES TAX NOT EXCEEDING ONE PERCENT OF SALES, SERVICES, AND RENTALS WITHIN THE BOROUGH, AND TO SUBMIT THE QUESTION OF THE LEVYING OF THE SALES TAX TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE BOROUGH AT THE OCTOBER 4, 2005, REGULAR BOROUGH ELECTION. Ordinance Serial No. 05-066: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING MSB 3.35, A UNIFORM SALES TAX. (1) IM No. 05-113

2. Ordinance Serial No. 05-069: http://www.matsugov.us/Assembly/documents/05-069or.pdf AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH TO LEVY A SEVERANCE TAX NOT EXCEEDING $.25 PER YARD OF MATERIAL, $.25 PER SHORT TON OF COAL AND $2.50 PER ACRE OF TIMBER, AND SUBMITTING THE QUESTION OF THE LEVYING OF THE SEVERANCE TAX TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE BOROUGH AT THE OCTOBER 4, 2005, REGULAR BOROUGH ELECTION. Ordinance Serial No. 05-067: http://www.matsugov.us/Assembly/documents/05-067or.pdf AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A TAX ON A NATURAL RESOURCE WHENEVER THE NATURAL RESOURCE IS SEVERED AND SOLD FROM PROPERTY WITHIN THE MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH AND PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO PAY TAXES DUE BY ADOPTING MSB 3.55, NATURAL RESOURCE SEVERANCE TAX. (1) IM No. 05-114

4 Comments:

Anonymous Rose said...

How many times do we, the people of Alaska have to vote against using our permanent fund earnings without a vote of the people?

When state Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom voted against next year’s capital budget she was respecting and upholding the decision that her constituents have made again and again, every time we vote on this issue.

She is a Republican, I am not, but I think that all of us owe her a large thanks for standing up for us and holding firm on serving “Our” will, the will of the people not the Republican Party. She has also stood up for our state workers and their retirement. Hawker and other Republicans say things like “The House really needs to define itself as a strong and independent body.” Strong and independent from the wishes of the people who put them in power, is what it sounds like.

He too spoke against this party and was punished — apparently that was enough for him and he is done with standing up for the people’s wishes. Words like “we have to support these people when they make these decisions” imply that even when it’s wrong, he’s learned, a Republican must vote with the Republican Party.

This is not what I ever wanted from my leadership. Ted Stevens is selling out our fisheries as “a favor to President Bush.” Republican. Democrat, Independent, I don’t really care what the name is, what I want is people going to Juneau and Washington to represent me, and the people of Alaska, not to further enhance and enlarge the power base of the Republican Party or any other party.

I too question what has gone wrong when we are content to let people remain in office who come right out and tell us again and again that it is the wishes of the Republican Party they serve and not ours.

I would urge you all no matter what your party, to call or e-mail Rep. Dahlstom and express your thanks for a legislator who serves the people and not the party.

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