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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November 13 — 5 days post 2016 election

Tuesday, November 8, I could only think about how happy I was.  I could not believe what had happened or how happy I was that it had happened.   As you can only guess it was the final numbers, states, votes of the 2016 presidential election that was the source of my elation.  I was alone when  my daughter in Anchorage who was following along with me as each Florida county reported in said, “aw gee, I wish there was a election return party I could go to”.  About that time, I got a text from the District Chairman that read “Are you coming over?”.  I texted back, “Am on my way will be there shortly”. — And I was there to celebrate with other joyous Republicans in the after math of almost the greatest happening since the election of Ronald Regan.

When I awoke on Wednesday November 9,  my first thought was to recall how I had felt first thing every morning since this day in 2008.  That morning I could not believe who or what had been elected as president.  And every day since has been the same way.  I relied daily on Matt Drudge to reveal  what kind of dog pile had been dropped by the White House from a group of academicians with no consideration for other parts of the world, least of all for the many Americans living outside the beltway, or even whether there were Americans living outside the beltway

This past week has further clarified that election in 2008.  All of those days since 2008, I felt all those thing we are hearing from college students and protesters, but I never took signs to the street demanding the electoral college concept be ended or beat up on people who voted for the winner.  There were many people around me who could not believe this individual had been elected.  Again, there were no protests or supporters beaten around where I live.  But I will admit that I was derogatory toward the person elected in 2008, and I refused to acknowledge him as my president. My refusal to recognize him as president was based solely on my determination of his shortcomings.  Those shortcomings had nothing to do with the color or his skin.

Each passing week since November 9, 2008, there have been actions on the part of the elite Washington establishment that have been devised solely toward the destruction of this country, and with each week the destructive nature of the “change of 2008” has become more and more evident.  The change I wanted to see, if it was going to happen, was not racist, xenophobic, or anything else; it truly was a change to the restoration of traditional family value and patriotic values of our founding fathers.

So I was surprised and disappointed to hear and see acted out the accusations of these current protestors and college students.  They talk of feelings of abandonment, homelessness and fear;  and at the same time they are unilaterally accepting of dishonesty, corruption and continual deceit by the candidate representing  the democratic party.

“Republicans Eat Their Young”

There is a challenge in understanding this statement.  Just a hint – it has nothing to do with age.  It starts with defining the word “young” in the political sense of the word.  What this means, is rather than encouraging and nurturing those “young in experience” people interested in serving in elected government, Republicans chew them up and spit them out, essentially eating them.

Those folks “young in experience” are those people who have been willing to learn and study the issues and the procedures at more grass root levels before they jump into the deep end of the pool.  Several of our local politicians have been touted as serving on this local committee and that city commission.  These politicians are also touted as having served on city councils and as city mayors before they ventured out into races covering larger geographical areas and serving greater responsibilities.

Well, as these politicians learned and practiced at the city and borough levels; and networks and word of mouth a valuable commodities, one might expect with all this local experience and “on the job” training, they could count on a “leg up” from those politicians who have previously traveled this route of education and experience.

However, with the Republican Party this is not the case.  It is the practice of Republicans to discount and negate the efforts of those people coming up behind them; essentially destroying the possibilities and potential of those “young in experience” following along behind.   I have been told, the Democratic party does not do this to their up and comers. But might actually support and encourage them.  Could this true??

It could be imagined that at a minium the more experienced politican would vote for  the “young, new in experience” community servant.  But to openly profess to others an unwillingness to support another person working on  behalf of the same political platform.  Well, folks, that is in a nutshell the Republican Party Eating Their Young.

Then comes the Spin!!   The excuse – well those grass-roots contests are non-partisan so whoever is supported is of no consequence.  Having a designation of non-partisan for local Borough elections is definitely true at this point in time.  I, for one, would like to know the why and wherefore of that practice.  Keeping the local contests as non-partisan, without being able to identify the motives and values of these public servants, does not serve the local voter.

Therefore, the local voter  is left to past history (years in the legislature) and voting record (supporting $2.4M in bed tax) and open assembly statements (increasing tax on seniors) to recognize the blue color of the ethics of the local politican.  So when one partisan politican openly expresses an intention to vote in a non-partisan race for someone of the other party, the ethics of that partisan politican are severely called into questions and that partisan politican can be considered as having “eaten his young.”

 

 

UPDATE MONDAY – meeting notes JULY 21

MONDAY  July 21

Meeting last night about 12 people contributed to discussion of four issues that will be presented on the KPB Assembly Agenda TONIGHT,  Tuesday,  July 22.  It was a lively discussion well supported by documented facts.

The FIRST ISSUE Ordinance 2014 – 25 – discussed was the Bed Tax (to go on ballot)  subject to voter approval for final decision.  The issue is charging a 4% tax for transient room and other tourism rentals here on the peninsula.   Seward already has a 4%  bed tax and it appears that percentage seemed acceptable to the KPB assemblyman Mr. Bill Smith (Homer) when he brought the ordinance up to the group.

However, there are details contrary to supporting this ordinance:

  • This is funding for KPTMC for which no accountability has been made available;
  • This tax will likely be paid by Alaska residents, perhaps other than Peninsula residents, but Alaska tax payers all the same;
  • As with all taxes this one will likely only increase and never go away;
  • This tax is basically an effort to push the fear of scarcity button, without full knowledge of whether there will budget shortfalls in the future. or opportunities to reduce spending;
  • While an opportunity to create progressive legacy for Mr. Smith (Homer); there are other options for covering the $300K already provided to KPTMC;
  • This increase to the sales tax limit needs to be taken into consideration

The SECOND ISSUE (Ordinance 2014 – 20, AMENDING code; Resolution 2014-44) for ADVISORY from VOTERS)  discussed was the Vote by Mail.  The idea here is this will bring an increase in voter turn out.

However, there are details contrary to supporting this ordinance

  • This will create an increase in the cost generally of voting in the borough;
  • This change in voter procedures creates the opportunity for voter fraud that has not been an issue here on the Peninsula, why create that opportunity now;
  • Going to the polls for voting is the very least we “uninformed couch potatoes” can do in return for this privilege that has been purchased at the cost of life itself;

The THIRD ISSUE (Ordinance 2014 – 24  AMENDING to eliminate)  involves  the idea that it is exceedingly difficult to find someone to write the opposition statement on initiative or referendums on the ballot.

However there are details contrary to supporting this ordinance:

  • This section of the voter pamphlet could be the extent of the research that is done by some voters;
  • These statements provide an opportunity for well thought out information that had not been considered by voters;
  • In my humble opinion, and a position heard in the community, is it is not so difficult to get a statement in support of pro or con as has been offered by the sponsor of this legislation.

The FOURTH ISSUED (Resolution 2014 – 48 modifying mill rate of 2014-45) discussion briefly dealt with the creation/funding of an animal rescue outside certain incorporated cities;

However there are details contrary to supporting this ordinance:

  • This is a tax to be added to the property tax on the first $150,000.00 of property value in the areas outside certain incorporated cities, and will not affect those cities already providing animal services;
  • In my humble opinion, people should not have animals if they are not knowledgeable about how to care for them, either animals small or large;
  • There has been insufficient research done on the subject to determine whether this is  a good fit for the Kenai Peninsula; and without that research this tax collection is an exercise in legislative malpractice;
  • If there is interest among animal owners to have such a service, this should come from those property owners who will be paying, not from a member of the Assembly initiating anther tax on the community.

 

All of above is simply an indication that everyone needs to be involved in the operation of good government.   If each of you has not noticed, there has been a considerable change in the core values of our culture and that includes the Kenai Peninsula.  If you are interested in helping out with something so simple as:

  •  making input to the KPB Assembly use this information and come to the Borough meeting TONIGHT Tuesday, July 22;
  • writing a letter to one of the Assembly Members, or
  • running yourself as a candidate or appointment to any part of the local government, please come to the  UPDATE MONDAY meeting the night before the assembly meetings and LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KPB Assembly Meeting June 17

Another interesting meeting of the local KPB assembly. There were a few critical issues before the assembly, a couple of which were addressed here earlier today.

One of those issues was reducing the percentage of votes required for increasing the sale tax cap. There was considerable discussion about the importance of the voice of the voters and the eager willingness of the Assembly to hurry right in and subvert the voice of the people. The majority of the assembly was unwilling to believe there were reasons to wait to make this move. The usual liberal ideas of gathering up the tax dollars whether there is actually a current need for the tax dollars.

Another issue taken up was the assembly voting by mail. After much discussion about
– how it would work;
– how much it would cost;
– various scenarios that might facilitate fraud;
– why borough voting cannot be coordinated with city and state voting to facilitate savings;

It was finally decided to postpone the further discussion and voting to the July 1 meeting and work toward a advisory vote by the people to make preparations for voting by mail.

The next issue up for discussion was putting bed tax onto the ballot for decision by the voter (that the assembly cannot later overturn to their own liking).

By a 8 yes and 1 no vote, the assembly established two public hearings were set for July 1 and July 22. The more discussion that was had the more that was learned by the assembly and ultimately before the voters.

Charles Pierce made a good suggestion to put together a tax task force. He mentioned where do the taxes stop. There needs to be a vision for few taxes for all of the people of the borough. Taxes are an evil process. Just say no when it comes to taxes.

Charles Pierce is so right. We need more people who think like Charlie when it comes to adding tax to the tax payer. Tom Bearup is that person for Borough Mayor. All government is local and tonight Assembly meeting was an example of that.