Public hearing set for hospital boundary move

Jul 10, 2018

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will meet in special session in Homer Wednesday. The assembly will hold another public hearing on an ordinance to move the boundary between Central and South Peninsula Hospitals.

The current boundary is at Clam Gulch. Assembly member Dale Bagley has proposed moving that line south of Ninilchik.

The argument goes that Ninilchik residents tend to use the hospital in Soldotna more frequently than the one in Homer, and so shouldn’t have to pay the higher mill rate for the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area.

Moving the boundary would cost SPH almost $200,000 in annual revenue, however, Ninilchik residents would still be on the hook for debt obligations at SPH.  Another Bagley proposal, to put the boundary question on the fall ballot, will have a public hearing on July 17th. Central Peninsula residents wishing to offer testimony for the Homer meeting can do so over the phone, by calling 714-2169. That meeting begins at 6 p.m.