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A resolution urging Gov. Mike Dunleavy to sign a bill that would reverse most of his operating budget vetoes failed at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday night. House Bill 2001, which the state Legislature passed at the end of July, would also set the permanent fund dividend amount at $1,600.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is putting the latest iteration of a bed tax proposal on hold. During its meeting Tuesday, the assembly heard what is now familiar opposition to putting the idea of a 12-percent bed tax on the ballot in the fall. Assembly members postponed their vote on the issue until later this month.

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A veto of $2.4 million in additional education funding by borough mayor Charlie Pierce will stand. The mayor issued his veto after the assembly approved the spending last month.

 

Assembly members failed to override Pierce’s decision in a six to three vote, with assembly members Kelly Cooper, Willy Dunne,

and Hal Smalley voting to reverse the veto.

 

The money was intended to provide the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District a cushion as the Legislature continues to hash out state education funding and the overall budget in Juneau. 

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to fully fund the Kenai Peninsula College as part of the borough's FY2020 budget.  Mayor Charlie Peirce originally proposed a nearly $50,000 cut to the borough's contribution. But after passionate testimony from the college, assembly member Hal Smalley asked his colleagues to return funding to the cap.  

He spoke highly of KPC’s program that allows high school students to take college classes at a discounted price.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed roughly $2.4 million worth of supplemental education funding on Monday. The additional dollars would have brought the borough’s contribution to the district for the 2019 fiscal year up to the maximum allowed under state law.

Supporters say the move would provide certainty for the district as it hires teachers and the state budget for next fiscal year continues to take shape in Juneau.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is still contemplating whether to veto $2.4 million in supplemental funding for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the funding earlier this month in an effort to reduce the number of pink slips handed out to teachers by the school district as it waits for the state Legislature and the borough to approve education funding for the following year.

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Updated: 9:31 a.m. 4/4/19

There’s a war of words over education funding on the Kenai Peninsula. Critics of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed cuts to K-12 education have been sounding the alarm over the threat of school closures. But the borough mayor is taking on the governor’s critics.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce recently used an appearance on KSRM AM in Soldotna to take on the governor’s critics.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough is spending more money on appeals related to the borough planning commission’s decisions than it originally anticipated.  There have been three appeals so far this fiscal year.  Two of the appeals were related to gravel pit permits.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly designated about $26,000 to cover additional costs during its meeting Tuesday.

The assembly has spent roughly $16,0000 on appeals so far this fiscal year.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Material Site Work Group has been reviewing codes regulating gravel pits and other resource development for roughly a year now. The work group will eventually provide recommendations on how the borough’s planning commission handles the permitting process for such operations.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is still grappling with a Superior Court judge’s ruling on its current invocation policy. The ruling deemed that the borough’s policy allowing prayer before assembly meetings excluded minority faiths, therefore violating the state Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

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This week on the Coffee Table: what's next for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Assembly members Willy Dunne and Kelly Cooper join KBBI’s Renee Gross to talk about changing the invocation policy, the borough budget and the Kachemak Selo school.  

Dunne re-elected to Borough Assembly

Oct 9, 2018
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The final results are in for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s municipal elections, but there were no big surprises coming out of the official vote count.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne will return for his second and final three-year term. Dunne led his opponent Troy Jones by 85 votes as polls closed last week. He nearly doubled his lead as absentee, mail-in and questioned ballots were counted throughout the week.

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The final vote count isn’t in quite yet, but Kenai Peninsula Borough voters overwhelmingly approved two bond propositions Tuesday that will shift both the Central Peninsula and South Peninsula hospitals’ service area boundaries.

The CPH service area will move about 15 miles south to Barbara Drive in Ninilchik. SPH’s boundary will expand to include all communities on the south side of Kachemak Bay except for Seldovia.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s plan to add more mental health services and additional safety precautions will not move forward. On Friday, Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed roughly $650,000 that would have gone to boosting mental health services for elementary students and safety evaluations at schools throughout the district.

“As evidenced by the recent incidents across our country and schools, it is pretty clear that the safety needs for the students in our schools today have increased tremendously and need to be addressed," said assistant superintendent Dave Jones.

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A proposal to change the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area now includes the shifting of two boundary lines. The ordinance originally proposed only to remove Ninilchik from the service area. But at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, assembly member Dale Bagley put forward a plan to include communities south of Kachemak Bay including Nanwalek, Port Graham and the areas surrounding Seldovia.

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