We, property owners and future property owners of Kodiak have created an email address hotline where people can send complaints about their experiences with the Kodiak Borough. That email address is: kodiakoutpost@startmailcom . These complaints can include but are not limited to: 1. overburdensome permit or zoning requirements and misinterpretation of code by overzealous borough staff resulting in undue hardship on property owners; 2. unlawful trespass on private property by borough staff and/or code enforcement; 3. the miss use of their position as borough staff and/or code enforcement to carry out personal vendetta type attacks on private citizens; 4. contractors, surveyors, builders, etc, who feel they have lost a bid or the renewal of a contract with the borough because of their beliefs or something they may have said to borough staff; 5. the firing and/or intimidation of borough employees due to their beliefs or something they may have said to borough staff; etc.

 

When sufficient complaints have been compiled they will be emailed and hand delivered to the Borough Assembly, Planning and Zoning and borough staff. They will also be emailed to over 300 Kodiak residence, nearly all of whom are registered voters. They will also be posted in the Kodiak Daily Mirror and on kodiakcompass.com in the link called “Property Owners Experience with Borough” at the top of the page.

 

We will also publish any complimentary experiences people may have had with the borough. Your name and/or contact information will not be published or given out unless you give us your permission.

Property rights are the corner stone of freedom in this country and I believe we underestimate how important they are! Our ability to enter into contracts with other individuals or entities and our ability to honor those contracts is fundamental to a free society! If a property owner can be fined $500 or a $1000 per day for a code violation or be forced to pay thousands to become compliant to an overburdensome code, that person may not be able to afford to honor a contract he may have made with the bank or a builder for instance. Simply the fact that the property owner can be fined these horrendous amounts or can be forced to pay these unexpected costs has a chilling effect on the property owners desire to enter into any kind of contract with a builder or bank. The reverse is also true, as these onerous fines and/or unexpected code compliance costs have a chilling effect on the builders or banks desire to contract with a property owner. In essence, these borough fines and codes stifle free enterprise and innovation, drastically increase building costs, erode property value, slow economic growth, destroy private sector jobs, force businesses to close their doors and cause property owners to be less self sufficient, just to name a few. They function in almost every way as a massive tax on property owners!

 

 Jamie Fagan
“Governments, if left to their own devises, when people no longer care what’s happening, will hungrily grow out of control like a metastasizing cancer until the government kills the host.”

 

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