By Chris Story
Wayne Dyer suggests that one of his secrets to success in life is to live by a simple axiom: “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change.”
So what are you looking at?
Stephen Covey brought me to tears with the story of a man on the subway he was riding on. The man boarded with several of his unruly children. These kids were disturbing everyone all the while the father sat there staring off into space, completely clueless as to how his kids were behaving.
Finally, Stephen leaned over and said, “Can’t you see your children are bothering everyone?”
The man shook his head as though he had been in a trance, looked around and then apologized,
“Their mother just died, my wife. We have just left the hospital and are headed home.”
So what are you looking at?
A favorite saying of mine goes like this, “Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw the mud, the other, the stars.”
So when you look at the current financial situation of the City of Homer, what do you see – abundance or scarcity?
If you look closely you can see both. How can this be? Can you be both wealthy and poor at the same time? Yes, if you see yourself as living in a state of lack, perpetually.
The Homer City Council at Monday night’s meeting made one thing very clear – you must pay sales tax on your non-prepared foods year round. Councilman Lewis instructed the city manager to bring them an ordinance in January bringing back the year round non-prepared foods sales tax. Councilwoman Howard stated repeatedly that the non-prepared foods tax holiday is a problem.
Here is what I suggest we all do before the next council meeting on Dec. 9 – look at the budget for yourself.
Do you see abundance or scarcity? Visit page 42, the operating budget. Notice that for several years in a row, Homer has collected more than $4.5 million in sales tax revenue, and nearly $3 million in property tax revenue.
What do I see?
Abundance. I see a community of charitable and loving people who are grateful to live in and around Homer. I see opportunities for the city to cooperate with private organizations, and massive opportunities to tap into the abundance of creativity that exists here, without breaking the bank.
Councilman Burgess said that he has noticed people in Homer want all kinds of stuff, but don’t want to pay for it. Again, refer to page 42 of the budget. What do you see? I see nearly eight million reasons to disagree with Mr. Burgess.
Take a look at your city budget, available at: www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/ What do you see? Share your thoughts and opinions with the council and mayor.
To speak up is to step up!
Chris Story is a lifelong Alaskan, and broker and owner of Story Real Estate. He is also host of “Alaska Matters Radio,” heard Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on KATZ.
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