Hospital Boundary Will Stay The Same
The boundary between the south and central peninsula hospital service areas will stay where it is, near the tower in Clam Gulch, about 14.5 miles north of the midpoint between the Homer and central peninsula hospitals.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has been discussing moving the boundary south, so that residents of Clam Gulch and Ninilchik won’t have to pay taxes to support the Homer Hospital’s service area when most use medical services in Soldotna.
The move would be subject to approval from voters in the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area, as well as the Clam Gulch and Ninilchik residents that would become part of the central service area.
But the decision won’t make it on the ballot. The assembly voted on an amended ordinance to draw the boundary at Kingsley Road and along Oil Well Road in Ninilchik. The vote failed, so the boundary will stay where it is.
A tax measure will make it on the October ballot. The assembly approved a measure rolling back the borough’s property tax exemption for senior citizens. The ordinance won’t affect anyone currently receiving the exemption. That state exemption for seniors still will be available, as will the borough’s personal property tax exemption and the hardship exemption for seniors.