Bond Issue Would Pay for School Roofs, Homer High Field

     When Kenai Peninsula Borough voters head to the polls October 1st, they will see a ballot question calling for a $22 million-dollar bond issue. The money would be used to build new roofs at several borough schools, as well as a new football field at Homer High School.

     Assembly member Mako Haggerty of Homer was the one who introduced the ordinance Tuesday night.

     "It's .... to do some much-needed work here in the borough," he said.

      At its last meeting July 1st, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board also recommended the bond issue. Assuming a 70-percent reimbursement rate from the State of Alaska, the total net cost to borough taxpayers would be just over $472,000.

     The estimated cost of replacing the field at Homer High is just under $2 million dollars.

     Borough Mayor Mike Navarre reminded assembly members that a turf field has already been installed at Kenai Central High School and one is planned to go in at Soldotna High next year. Both of those projects were paid for using grants from the state legislature.

     Assembly members approved putting the bond issue on the October ballot by unanimous vote.

     In 2010, borough voters approved a similar bond issue for roof replacement projects at several schools, including Soldotna High School, Ninilchik School and McNeil Canyon Elementary School. If this latest bond issue is approved by voters in October, new roofs would be built at nine more schools, including Tustumena Elementary School, Soldotna Middle School and Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer.