Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

A few years ago residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough went to the polls and said they would like to have animal control, which currently is only provided by certain organized cities. The voters also said they wanted it basically for free.

Since that time, animals, mostly dogs, have continued to roam freely in the unincorporated areas of the borough, which occasionally leads to citizens asking the borough assembly to finally do something about it. Last week it was Amanda Berg of Kenai who spoke up during citizen comments.

At Tuesday night's (Oct. 31) Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, a 7th-grader from Kachemak Selo urged the borough to do something about her deteriorating school.

Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

  On the same night an ordinance to institute a 6 percent bed tax peninsula-wide was introduced, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard a report from the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council on how they and that industry is doing.

"All signs are pointing to the positive," said an enthusiastic Summer Lazenby. "I can't give an exact tourism update at this point because historically it's been sales tax data that is used to define whether or not it's been a good tourism season or not."

 


What does it take to stick around in Alaska politics for three decades?

It's municipal election day on the Kenai Peninsula, indeed in most of Alaska. Borough residents, depending on where they live, face a variety of choices on the ballot, however, everyone in the borough will be voting on who will be our new mayor. Three candidates are running: Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, and Charlie Pierce are all hoping for 50-percent-plus-one vote to avoid a costly run-off election between the top two vote-getters.

This week, we talk with one of the candidates running for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in District 5 (Sterling/Funny River), Leslie Morton. The other candidate in the race, Norm Blakely, declined our interview to be a part of the program.

 


 

No one brings more borough government experience to the mayor’s race than Dale Bagley. He’s already served two terms as borough mayor, from 1999 to 2005.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Though his term was set to expire in October, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Stan Welles has resigned.

Nikiski Community Council

 


A new measure that would inch Nikiski toward incorporation will get some attention at this week's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Jill Schaefer was arrested this week. 

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Tuesday night’s vote came in front of a backdrop of drooping state finances and some uncertainty about the future of the peninsula’s economy.

 

That uncertainty was cause for reluctance to find new revenues by way of taxes. Assembly Member Dale Bagely’s proposal to roll back a sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items from nine months to six found much the same opposition it did when he introduced a similar measure a few years ago.

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