Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

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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A proposal to create a borough-wide bed tax has been revived, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly may scrap the idea if it approves putting another revenue measure on the October ballot at its next meeting.

The ballot proposition would call for a 12-percent bed tax, but it would relieve the lodging industry from collecting sales tax for the borough.

Assembly member Kelly Cooper, who owns Glacier View Cabins and Coops Coffee, opposed the bed tax at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Wednesday as she spoke to a group of lodging industry members.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Department

Students in Kachemak Selo, a small Russian Old Believer village near the head of Kachemak Bay, have been dealing with deteriorating school conditions for several years, but the community is another step closer to a new school.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced an ordinance Monday that would ask voters this fall to approve spending up to $3.5 million on a new facility.

Assembly member Kelly Cooper told fellow assembly members that this has been a long time coming.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce unveiled a new tax proposal during a Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down Pierce’s plan to spend nearly half of the borough’s land trust fund to fill a roughly $4 million budget gap.

Pierce initially proposed spending $3 million from the fund, but later amended his proposal to $4.5 million in order to provide more education funding. The assembly voted both proposals down.

Assembly delays vote on SPH service area move

May 2, 2018
Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

A proposal to remove Ninilchik from the South Peninsula Hospital service area has been delayed, and more changes could accompany the measure.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly postponed its vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would move SPH’s service area boundary south of Ninilchik. That move would cost the hospital about $220,000 per year in tax revenue and would balloon to about $430,000 as Ninilchik residents slowly stop paying for some of SPH’s debt over time.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and southern peninsula residents are revisiting a contentious issue over a line. The line is a boundary just south of Clam Gulch that separates the Central Peninsula and Southern Peninsula hospitals’ service areas.

A proposal to move that line south of Ninilchik is splitting the community two: those who don’t want to pay taxes into a hospital they say they don’t use and those who want to maintain funding for healthcare on the southern peninsula. 

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will host a public hearing at the Ninilchik School Thursday evening on an ordinance that would move the Central Peninsula Hospital’s service area boundary south of Ninilchik.

The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is set to introduce an ordinance that would move the boundary of the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south to include all of Ninilchik. The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway. The move would mean less tax revenue for the South Peninsula Hospital, but it would also significantly lower property taxes for Ninilchik residents, setting up a discussion that played out back in 2016 when a similar proposal failed.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, once again, took up the topic of new taxes Tuesday in order to fill the roughly $4 million fiscal gap it’s facing going into budget season. The assembly had two tax items on its agenda, a bed tax, which it declined to send to voters, and a sales tax increase, which will be hashed out next month. The assembly heard from the Southern peninsula lodging industry and residents who said a bump to the sales tax was the most appealing option.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

In the summer of 2016, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly became embroiled in a contentious battle over opening its meetings with prayer. The assembly put what some consider an unconstitutional policy in place after a member of the Satanic Temple ended an invocation with “Hail Satan.” Little over a year later, the battle is ongoing.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met in Homer Tuesday for its annual visit and convened in the Homer City Council Chambers. The agenda was fairly light, but there was some contention over funding a new emergency service area, stretching from the northern boundary of the borough to just west of Seward and east of Sterling.

The AK Budget Breakdown with guests Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper and District 31 State Representative Paul Seaton.

Alder Seaman

Borough Assembly Member Willie Dunne of Homer is the guest on this edition of The Coffee Table -KBBI's live, call-in, public affairs program. The topic of the show is the two lawsuits against The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly over issues pertaining to their invocation policy.  Assembly Member Dunne is suing the borough over what he claims was their attempt to prevent him from communicating with his constituents regarding the borough's invocation policy.

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On Thursday, April 6, 2017,  Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and Chief of Staff Larry Persily hosted an afternoon presentation and question and answer session at The Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, regarding the latest property tax assessments .
That evening, at Homer City Hall, Mayor Navarre and Persily held a town hall meeting on the topic of the state's fiscal situation.

Click on the links for full recordings of both events.

Photo courtesy of the ACLU of Alaska

The ACLU of Alaska is following through with its threat to sue the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its invocation policy.

In the lawsuit filed on Dec. 14 in Anchorage Superior Court, the ACLU alleges the policy currently in place violates constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.


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