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Govern Sawyer

July 18, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

Over the years since the Air Force base closed, The Mining Journal and Channel 6 have done numerous stories and editorials about problems at K.I. Sawyer, at times gangs, stored garbage, and renters outnumbering owners-residents being focused on as big time problems. I would like to say the fundamental problem all these years is the lack of self-governance. K.I. Sawyer is only a geographical entity, not a political entity; and unlike Marquette County and Forsyth Township, Sawyer has neither a self-policing nor a self-taxing capacity. Every year Sawyer sends about $4 million in taxes to Forsyth Township and they use it as they see fit, have done so ever since the military pulled out. Even if Sawyer could somehow keep its own money, it would not have the political capacity to determine how best to use that money. Sawyer has an Alliance meeting and what these good minds,or some others, need to be focusing on is the establishment of a government for Sawyer. With a government, Sawyer can actually have a muscled, funded, capacity to begin dealing with its problems.

Pat Mahoney, Gwinn



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