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Tom Bearup: Administration should be accountable to borough residents

...our borough and no longer the target of attempted tax increases. We must stop accusing Seniors for excess use of borough services and budget shortfalls, as happened in the recent attempt to eliminate the residential property exemption to Seniors...
Proposition 1 will provide tax relief for resident homeowners

...Proposition One will achieve a fair, equitable and appropriate level of taxation for all homeowners with no loss of borough service. Please learn all the facts and vote yes on Proposition One. James Price Alaskans for Property Tax Relief Now
Budget issues can be addressed without more taxes

...deflecting poor management by the borough, under the guise of "it's the seniors' fault" that Kenai Peninsula Borough service areas are in need of additional funding. From the mayor, Feb. 25: Seniors use emergency services more than any...
Community must find solution to keep Skyview pool open

...of the city's recreation center and teen center, with positive results. Another option might be to establish a borough service area to use property taxes to help with operation of the central peninsula's school pools for community use. In...
Mayor seeks changes in borough, service area board relationship

Mayor John Williams has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to relieve him of an authority he says he doesn't need.
Filing deadline looms for election hopefuls

...incumbent from Kasilof, were facing no challengers as of Friday afternoon. A host of seats are open on the various borough service area boards, but nowhere had a direct competition developed by Friday. Of interest, perhaps, is Victoria Pate's...
Want new faces in politics? Then let's see yours

...reelection, while the other open seat is the most hotly contested of any race this election with five candidates. Borough service area board races are the saddest at all. Twenty-one candidates filed to run for 34 open seats, with only one race...
Borough assembly prioritizes its wish list

...primary residence. The borough wants that exemption increased to $50,000. Among the projects listed for various borough service areas are a $170,000 ambulance for the village of Nikolaevsk requested by the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service...
Mayor proposes changing tax rates; capping seniors? exemption

...retiring seniors have moved to the borough and built very expensive homes on which they pay no taxes, while using borough services. The real property exempted from all taxes has grown from about $180.8 million in 1999 to a whopping $429...
KPTMC funding is money well spent

...needs to cut spending, it needs to raise revenue. Since Kenai Peninsula visitors reap the benefit of KPTMC and Borough services, we feel that it is 100 percent reasonable that they would pay a direct tax to support these services that they...


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