2019 budget

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is once again grappling with the budget and looming deficits. The borough is facing a $4 million spending gap while the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District hopes to fill a $3 million hole in its budget. But on Tuesday, the assembly postponed a sales-tax increase proposal and a proposed $3 million transfer from the borough’s land trust fund in order to weigh all options.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, once again, took up the topic of new taxes Tuesday in order to fill the roughly $4 million fiscal gap it’s facing going into budget season. The assembly had two tax items on its agenda, a bed tax, which it declined to send to voters, and a sales tax increase, which will be hashed out next month. The assembly heard from the Southern peninsula lodging industry and residents who said a bump to the sales tax was the most appealing option.