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Voters Won't Get Say in Hospital Boundary

Kenai Peninsula Borough

The boundary between South and Central Peninsula hospitals will stay the same.

Clam Gulch and Ninilchik residents have voiced complaints about paying mill rate taxes to support the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area, when they live much closer to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted at its July 26 meeting whether to ask voters in the October municipal election if the boundary line should be moved south. That vote was a tie, so the measure failed.

It was brought back for reconsideration at Tuesday night’s meeting, but assembly member Stan Welles was absent, as he had been at the previous meeting. Since none of the other assembly members changed their mind, reconsideration failed.

The assembly OK’d summary language for four ballot propositions that will go to voters in October.

·        Proposition 1 would issue general obligation bonds to expand the Central Peninsula Landfill.

·        Proposition 2 is for general obligation bonds to renovate and expand South Peninsula Hospital and the Homer Medical Center.

·        Proposition 3 increases the sales tax max cap to $1,000 and exempts residential rentals from sales tax.

·        And Proposition 4 phases out the borough’s optional senior citizen property tax exemption for new applicants by 2024.

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