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Coffee Table: KPB 2016 Outlook

Mar 2, 2016
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is wading through another set of issues this year. Cannabis regulation, Healthcare reform, Local Option Zoning and the budget are just a few of the issues assembly members are tackling. This week on the Coffee Table we talked with your South Peninsula Borough Assembly members: Kelly Cooper and Willy Dunne. 


Kenai Peninsula Picks Cruz

Mar 2, 2016
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Alaska Republicans chose Ted Cruz as their candidate during the party’s Presidential Preference poll Tuesday evening. The Texas Senator was just slightly ahead of Donald Trump with a 36.4 percent. Trump took 33.5 percent of the vote. None of the other candidates were even close.

District 31’s Republicans, in the Southwest Kenai Peninsula Borough, followed the statewide trend. A 38 percent majority voted for Cruz. Trump got 36 percent of the vote. 

There were five candidates on the ballot: Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson.

Seaton Makes New Plan For PFD

Feb 29, 2016
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Representative Paul Seaton, a Republican of Homer, is sponsoring another bill that would create a state income tax but this time with a twist. Seaton is proposing an income tax and a long-term capital gains tax for both residents and non-residents. But, he also wants to turn the Permanent Fund Dividend into a tax credit.

“So it raises about $355 million from both a reduction in Permanent Fund Dividends and it raises about $655 million from the income tax portion,” said Seaton.

Borough Sends Wish List To Legislature

Jan 20, 2016
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough released its state funding priorities Tuesday (1/19) for the current legislative session. 

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre isn’t optimistic the legislature will appropriate funds for the borough’s wish list, but he says it’s still important to ask. 

South Peninsula Legislators On Upcoming Session

Jan 14, 2016
Photo by Dorle Harness/KBBI

The Alaska Legislature’s regular session begins January 19th. This week KBBI's Quinton Chandler spoke with  Southern Peninsula delegates Senator Gary Stevens and Representative Paul Seaton on the Coffee Table about their expectations for the upcoming session.

City Planning To Switch Management Of Permanent Fund

Jan 12, 2016
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The Homer City Council is considering an ordinance that will end its contract with a company hired to invest money saved in the city’s Permanent Fund.

The Permanent Fund was created in 2006 to hold settlement money awarded for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. In 2010 the city was awarded $1.1 million for the spill. According to Homer Finance Director John Li the fund is now worth close to $2 million.

Homer Mayor Beth Wythe says that money must be used in a very specific way.

City Council Outlook For 2016

Jan 8, 2016
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The City of Homer had a budget deficit of close to $1 million for the 2016 budget. Proposition 1 allowed the city to divert money from the HART fund to make up for most of the shortfall. But what’s next? On the Coffee Table Homer Mayor, Beth Wythe and City Manager, Katie Koester discuss Long-term revenue solutions for the city and what is on the horizon for 2016. 

Set Net Ban Still A Sore Subject

Jan 6, 2016
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The State Supreme Court ruled last week an initiative to ban commercial set netting was unconstitutional. The ban was proposed to address claims of wildlife overkill by set netters. Ban supporters relied mostly on eyewitness accounts to back up their claims.  KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more. 

Set Net Ban Initiative Ruled Unconstitutional

Jan 6, 2016
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  The State Supreme Court ruled Thursday Alaska’s commercial set net fishermen have the same right to harvest salmon as any other group. Set net fishermen are relieved with the ruling. 

 

Senator Stevens Meets With Homer Residents

Dec 18, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Senator Gary Stevens stopped by Homer Thursday (12/17) to touch base with city council members and Homer residents. Stevens held a small open house inside the Homer Legislative Information Office. About 10 city residents attended.

City Lobbyist Defends Contract

Dec 16, 2015
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The City of Homer’s contracted lobbyist attended last week’s city council meeting to defend her job. Several city council members opposed renewing the city’s year-long contract with the Anderson Group.  It was argued the lobbyist’s $40,000 fee should be spent in other places.


Heath Smith Discusses His Plans For City Council

Dec 14, 2015

Heath Smith beat incumbent City Council Member Beau Burgess in a runoff for one of Homer’s two open city council seats earlier this month. Smith beat Burgess with 62% of the vote. Smith spoke with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler about the aftermath of the race and his most pressing concerns moving forward in his new position. 

Homer City Council Adopts Budget For 2016

Dec 8, 2015
City of Homer

The Homer City Council adopted the budget for 2016 and added five additional budget items during its regular meeting Monday night.

The additional projects include: a submersible pump requested by the Department of Public Works, safety improvements for a portion of Soundview Avenue bordering West Homer Elementary, Calhoun Trail work, a sidewalk extension project for Soundview Avenue, and an expansion of the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery.

Wythe Sets Sights On Legislature

Nov 10, 2015
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Homer Mayor Beth Wythe plans to try her hand in the State House. Wythe has filed a letter of intent to run for the House District 31 seat to represent the Southern Kenai Peninsula. 

Representative Paul Seaton currently holds that seat.

According to Michael Armstrong with the Homer News Wythe is a registered Republican and will challenge Seaton in the Republican Primary next August.

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The City of Homer is holding its third town hall meeting this evening to address an at least $1 million budget deficit. City Manager Katie Koester will discuss two proposed budgets: one assumes the city will collect an additional million dollars in revenue and the other calls for deep cuts on the assumption the city will receive no additional revenue.

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