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Runoff Election In Homer

Nov 3, 2015
Photo from KBBI Database

Today it is Election Day again. The City of Homer is holding a special run-off election to fill one last city council seat for a three year term. The two contenders are incumbent Beau Burgess and his challenger Heath Smith.

Smith won more votes than Burgess during October’s Regular Election. He took 37% of the vote compared to Burgess’ 35%. But, that wasn’t enough.

Grocery Tax Takes Another Blow

Oct 20, 2015
Photo Courtesy of National Public Radio

Alaska Statute only allows general law cities to tax the same items taxed by their borough unless the borough makes an exception. Kenai Peninsula Borough voters repealed an ordinance this year that gave general law cities the power to tax non-prepared foods year round. The voter decision means the cities of Soldotna and Seldovia will see a decrease in tax revenue.

Aderhold Wins City Council

Oct 19, 2015
Photo Courtesy of the City of Homer

Donna Aderhold is one of six people who ran for two Homer City Council seats this year and so far she is the only confirmed winner. Aderhold spoke with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler about her race and her plans as Homer’s newest city council member.

More From Gov. Walker On Alaska LNG

Oct 15, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and Governor Bill Walker discuss an upcoming special session in which lawmakers will debate his plan to buy interest in the Alaska LNG Pipeline. Next you’ll hear the governor talk about the impact his plan could have on local municipalities and the feasibility of a gas reserve tax.  

Dunne Wins District 9 Seat

Oct 14, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Results for the 2015 Regular Elections show Willy Dunne of Fritz Creek is the winner of the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Seat. Dunne defeated Dawson Slaughter of Anchor Point with roughly 58% of the vote. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler sat down with Dunne to discuss the race and his plans for his term on the Borough Assembly.

Gov. Walker On Alaska LNG Pipeline

Oct 13, 2015
Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Governor Bill Walker visited Homer Friday to speak at the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit and the Alaska Recreation and Park Association’s 40th Annual Conference. In between the events KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with the governor about his decision to call a special session for legislators to consider buying a share of the Alaska LNG Pipeline.

Budget Options Go to Homer City Council

Oct 9, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Homer City Manager has prepared two budget options for the city council to consider. The budget ultimately adopted by the city largely depends on whether Homer can bring in an additional $1 million in revenue for Fiscal Year 2016.

Unofficial Results For 2015 Municpal Election

Oct 9, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Election Day is over. The preliminary results for candidate races and multiple ballot propositions were released by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the City of Homer Tuesday evening. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more. 

Unofficial Results For Ballot Measures

Oct 7, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Three of the four propositions on the Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot passed on Tuesday.   Proposition number one, called for a repeal of a controversial ordinance. It was perhaps the most contentious ballot proposition and the only that required a borough-wide vote.

New Voting Machines Tested

Oct 7, 2015
Image Courtesy of the City of Homer / City of Homer

Today is Election Day and City of Homer residents will decide who serves on the city council and the Borough Assembly, who will sit on our service area boards, and whether a contentious ballot proposition should be passed. But, before any of these decisions can be announced the ballots must be tallied. On Election Day last year election officials hit a temporary road block when they tried to count the ballots. One of the machines used to tally votes malfunctioned. 

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