When the waters of the Matanuska switched to the Butte side in late July, the locals downstream and I monitored the bank getting chewed. I GPS'd the new bank line, invited lots of people and public officials to understand the potential for a big washout, then pressed for an emergency declaration.
The Governor and DOT responded immediately.
As I asked, they built the revetment along the bank line to protect people, property and the highway instead of just the road-- at no extra cost to taxpayers. I've pushed for this kind of cooperation for three years and finally it got done.
But this fix is temporary.
Governor Walker agreed that we need to find less expensive and longer-term solutions. All traditional and creative ideas are welcome.
The State's big cut changed the course of OUR budget -- like the Matanuska river chewing up the bank. Our tough times demand strong leadership. Immediately we froze new hires, reduced travel and delayed capital projects. Now we need to make cuts and find efficiencies. We should NOT raise property taxes or dip into reserves.
The good news is that we've kept property tax rates low, reserves in good shape, and the the Borough bond rating high.
With your ideas and your vote for Jim Sykes on October 4th, we'll get through this rough patch and keep our Valley the Best place to live—for our children and grandchildren.