Update Monday in REVIEW

Tonight June 5, 2017,  between 5 pm and 7 pm we were updated about the  tax increases by the KPB that will be discussed and voted upon tomorrow evening.  The tax increases, without reducing the costs of operation for the borough, are expected to be implemented in the upcoming budget.    We talked about the increase in property tax,  as well the increase in months of sales tax collection.  We also discussed the status of the service area along the Sterling Highway.  Also discussed was the candidates we will see on the ballot in October for Assembly seats.

As a group the conscientious is these is no basis for tax increases.  The .5 mill rate increase on property tax and the increase of months sales are collected are just an effort to maintain the current level of expenses without any effort to reduce those expenses.  The group of us that met tonight are generally opposed to tax increases without serious consideration of reduction in expenses.  Although we understand that much of the operating expenses are driven by long term public employee union contracts both KPB employees and KPBSD employers, without considerable research there is no clarity as to what can actually be reduced. The three main budget drivers are the KPBSD and KPB employee contracts as well as the increase in cost of doing business generally.

It was mentioned tonight that the general public will have opportunity to question the borough administration about these increases tomorrow night at the KPB Assembly meeting as well as, June 14 at the Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center there on the Spur Highway.  An RSVP would be good as there is limited space, so get on board early to ask the questions you have.

Considerable thought was put into discussion about candidates for KPB assembly seats we will see on the October ballot.  There is need to find a candidate to run from the Sterling area.  There are candidates or incumbents for most of the other seats but not for the Sterling seat. If you think of anyone, please encourage them to become involved

 

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October 2015

The KPB October 2015 elections are over and there is ahead of us the elections of 2016.  There are plenty of considerations ahead; one of them, is the look back on our effort in the October 6 voting.

On October 13, UPDATE MONDAY reviewed the agenda for the 10/14 KPB assembly meeting; and looked back on the most recent election and our successes and failures.

The issues discussed on the agenda included:

  • MORE money to the hospital,
  • the property exchange over on K-Beach and involving the flooding of recent years past;

Discussion then turned to how the KPB elections went  – positive and negative.    We discussed some areas where things could have gone better:

  • Too short a time before the end of the candidate registration period to get in gear finding a candidate;
  • No complete campaign picture planned;
  • Too much time absent from area during campaign timeframe
  • Perhaps not enough money, have to consider that further;
  • A viable option for a combined unity among our group, what that includes;

October also includes a re ignite of political parties looking toward 2016 activities preparing for the 2016 elections in November.  The local area districts 29 and 30 met this week for just those purposes and the following were discussed:

  • Presidential Preference Poll (PPP) (March 1);
  • District convention (s) (March 5);
  • State Conventions (March 28);

Without a quorum present and unable to make any decisions, some of the issues and committees around these events were discussed and appointments made.

Some discussion included how many and where the PPP locations would be, and who would be heading that up;   district convention would be joint between District 29 and 30; and delegates identified at District Convention for State Convention as well as fees paid up front.

Combined Election Districts 29/30 meeting

Friday evening, June 13, Election Districts 29 and 30 met to discuss the status of campaigns here on the Peninsula and what is happening in the two Election District.   It was a well attended meeting, many issues were discussed and much was resolved particularly around some housekeeping matters like paying some obligation from past meetings, firming up booth appearances in the coming weeks.  We also discussed certain events and activities that will need some volunteer help.  We discussed events currently on the calendar coming up over the next week.

Toward the end of the time together we schedule a time to meet again as the combined districts and we scheduled time to meet to discuss strategy efforts before the Primary. It is evident we will need volunteers to help with many different project.

Would you, or someone you know, that is interested in seeing things change, be interested in helping out with various projects. We will planning to meet again for discussion along these lines on June 22. Please join us or pass on the information to people you think might be interested.

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