Friday, October 28, 2011

Ketchum’s headed in wrong direction

Fifty-thousand dollars each day is what the city of Ketchum spends, even on Sundays. Arguably, some is "double counted," but Ketchum's true annual appropriations budget approaches $18 million. Now is when we must consider the election on Nov. 8 seriously. Here's why.

Should Ketchum spend $90,000 on revising our comprehensive plan, merely to reflect a decrease in our population? Present city government has done just that. Should River Run be designated a blighted area, thereby permitting the present government to use city taxes to build a parking structure for Sun Valley?

Should Ketchum spend millions of local-option taxes to attract skiers, yet remain passive as daily lift rates rise to $95 and Sun Valley discounts its rooms with ski packages for its private guests? Why no local ski pass here?

These are the legacies of our present city government. I can list even more.

Why are we paying $1,000 each day in interest on URA debt? Who scammed local officials into believing Ketchum's economic future depends on hotels? Who changed timeshare dealers into hoteliers?

This election is for an accountable form of government with accountable management. We have an opportunity to find a better way to manage our city. I believe we can restore realistic finances, integrity and hope to our future. Please, take your opportunity. Vote yes.

Craven Young


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