It always is a hoot to watch politicians pass the buck when things go off the rails.
Take liberal Mayor-Appointee Austin Quinn-Davidson’s blaming the state for increased property tax bills.
In a note sent out with property tax levies, she said Anchorage property taxpayers will have pay an additional $37.7 million this year, or $61 per $100,000 of assessed value on Anchorage property because of state actions. Worse, it could cost Anchorage residents up to $204.5 million in the future.
Why would all that cost-shifting be happening?
Because, Quinn-Davidson says, the state weenied out on its pledge of assistance for voter-approved school bond debt.
We are confused. Is that the same “pledge” state officials made years ago just as barrels of red ink were being delivered to Juneau? Is that the same “pledge” city officials were warned the state might be forced to renege on if money ran out? Is that the same “pledge” many argued was fiscally dangerous, if not absolutely worthless. And is that the same “pledge” that had city officials – despite warnings – urging voters to borrow based on the assumption of future state help?
Why, we believe it is.
Now the the cows have come home, the state continues to run at a deficit and Ms. Quinn-Davidson would have you believe that what was incredibly obvious when the “pledge” was given is some sort of golly, gee-whiz surprise now.
How convenient. How self-serving. How crassly political.