The mayor and Anchorage Assembly need to check their priorities. With the sale pending of Municipal Light and Power, plans are announced to build an addiction treatment center.
Meanwhile, our firefighting forces are short-staffed, out of money and have instituted temporary rolling mothballing of equipment due to lack of manning. Do we really need another enabling center to care for self inflicted “illness?” We already have one “enabling” facility that adds to the problems our short-staffed police and fire departments have to deal with on an almost daily basis.
It seems if an addiction treatment center were economical, the private sector would have stepped in — a public-funded center only adds to the future burden on property taxpayers with continuing maintenance and staffing. This will not be a one-time expenditure of public funds, taking away from vital public safety functions in the future.
— David M. Schauer
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