Assembly should speak up about needed building repairs


October 12, 2022

Wrangell voters last week defeated a proposed $8.5 million bond issue that would have paid for needed repairs at the almost 40-year-old Public Safety Building, which suffers from water damage, rot and other problems.

Despite general grumpiness around town over property taxes, borough spending, the economy and inflation, the defeat was not overwhelming. The proposition lost by just 65 votes out of 583 ballots cast, 44.4% to 55.6%.

That is not an insurmountable margin to overcome — and it is margin that the borough assembly needs to confront. Regardless of voter reluctance to commit to payi...

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