This is an unprecedented time that calls for extraordinary measures.
The Ketchikan City Council took one of those at its latest meeting.
City Manager Karl Amylon had asked the council to maintain a 6.6 property mill rate increase, given the novel coronavirus pandemic’s economic effects on Ketchikan.
Council members had voted during their budgeting cycle to increase the rate to 7.1.
The members voted unanimously hold off on the raise.
The request and response did not surprise. Council members’ livelihoods also are affected by COVID-19, as well.
But, a good turn shouldn’t go unnoticed, particularly during a pandemic that is bad for business. It’s a grateful citizenry that gladly accepts the council’s attention to its plight.