Letter to the Editor

Too many projects

To the editor: Mayor Bryce Ward’s Capital Improvement Program, which I thought was going to be focused on addressing the deferred maintenance backlog has turned into an outrageous $340 million wish list of projects to expand borough facilities.

Mayor Kassel’s $30 million “Aquatics Center” has now turned into a $107 million “Athletics and Wellness Center.”

Repairing the roof and the refrigeration system at the Carlson Center has turned into a $16.5 million remodel that removes the ice rink.

Repairs to the borough library includes a new cafe and a multi-million dollar expansion of the North Pole library.

They are proposing to spend $30 million upgrading the Chena Lake and Tanana Lakes parks. And the list goes on.

You owe it to yourself to review the proposed project list and show up at Thursday’s assembly meeting to tell the mayor that new facilities can be added to the CIP after we’ve gotten a handle on existing deferred maintenance and that our community can’t afford to expand facilities until we fix what we already have.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. If we don’t speak up now, we will certainly pay later.


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