It’s been a while and much has changed since I last sent out an email. We are still gathering signatures but for the most part the petition is complete and we are moving forward. I applaud the folks that have helped out to make this a reality.
Here are the facts and they keep piling up.
- The property taxes as they are will pay for a city and the benefits that come with having our own say, being our own city
- Unless we become a city we will be subject to the planning of the borough and the state. This has huge impacts on the roads to and from Big Lake.
- The railroad will be constructed and most will be done this summer
- The plan continues to be that the highway comes through Big Lake center. I am so grateful for the work the council has done regarding the Community Impact Assessment but we need to become a powerful voice to make sure the findings are heard.
- The Knik tribal Council has asked to annex the area from Houston (Millers reach towards Horseshoe Lake). Houston has not decided what it will do but it is an option, because we are not a city.
- Even though we have written letters, called our legislators, and followed the public comment, the rail route is in our backyard, and the four lanes versus five lane suicide lane is still an issue.
But in reality I understand the worry. Yes taxes could go up, yes people have talked about a sales tax to help pay for a police force. And yes you could have bad leadership. But in all of these issues there is one thing you have, as residents, to defend your community. As residents you will be able to vote for leadership, taxes will go up or down based on your vote, and your input will be needed to make decisions. The only thing that can cause the city to fail or be a burden is a lack of involvement.
I ask and implore you to sign the petition. It is time for Big Lake to choose its own course. You can sign the petition and vote no to the city, but your signature gives us all the right to make that decision.
Forward this to your friends, preferably voters in Big Lake.