Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s plan to add more mental health services and additional safety precautions will not move forward. On Friday, Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed roughly $650,000 that would have gone to boosting mental health services for elementary students and safety evaluations at schools throughout the district.

“As evidenced by the recent incidents across our country and schools, it is pretty clear that the safety needs for the students in our schools today have increased tremendously and need to be addressed," said assistant superintendent Dave Jones.

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A proposal to change the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area now includes the shifting of two boundary lines. The ordinance originally proposed only to remove Ninilchik from the service area. But at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, assembly member Dale Bagley put forward a plan to include communities south of Kachemak Bay including Nanwalek, Port Graham and the areas surrounding Seldovia.

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A proposal to create a borough-wide bed tax has been revived, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly may scrap the idea if it approves putting another revenue measure on the October ballot at its next meeting.

The ballot proposition would call for a 12-percent bed tax, but it would relieve the lodging industry from collecting sales tax for the borough.

Assembly member Kelly Cooper, who owns Glacier View Cabins and Coops Coffee, opposed the bed tax at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Wednesday as she spoke to a group of lodging industry members.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Department

Students in Kachemak Selo, a small Russian Old Believer village near the head of Kachemak Bay, have been dealing with deteriorating school conditions for several years, but the community is another step closer to a new school.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced an ordinance Monday that would ask voters this fall to approve spending up to $3.5 million on a new facility.

Assembly member Kelly Cooper told fellow assembly members that this has been a long time coming.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce unveiled a new tax proposal during a Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down Pierce’s plan to spend nearly half of the borough’s land trust fund to fill a roughly $4 million budget gap.

Pierce initially proposed spending $3 million from the fund, but later amended his proposal to $4.5 million in order to provide more education funding. The assembly voted both proposals down.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

A proposal to remove Ninilchik from the South Peninsula Hospital service area has been delayed, and more changes could accompany the measure.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly postponed its vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would move SPH’s service area boundary south of Ninilchik. That move would cost the hospital about $220,000 per year in tax revenue and would balloon to about $430,000 as Ninilchik residents slowly stop paying for some of SPH’s debt over time.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and southern peninsula residents are revisiting a contentious issue over a line. The line is a boundary just south of Clam Gulch that separates the Central Peninsula and Southern Peninsula hospitals’ service areas.

A proposal to move that line south of Ninilchik is splitting the community two: those who don’t want to pay taxes into a hospital they say they don’t use and those who want to maintain funding for healthcare on the southern peninsula. 

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will host a public hearing at the Ninilchik School Thursday evening on an ordinance that would move the Central Peninsula Hospital’s service area boundary south of Ninilchik.

The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is set to introduce an ordinance that would move the boundary of the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south to include all of Ninilchik. The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway. The move would mean less tax revenue for the South Peninsula Hospital, but it would also significantly lower property taxes for Ninilchik residents, setting up a discussion that played out back in 2016 when a similar proposal failed.

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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.

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