City, borough elections to be held Oct. 4

Two candidates are running for Homer Mayor and three candidates are running for two, 3-year Homer City Council seats. The city also will hold an election on Proposition No. 1, to approve general obligation bonds for a new police station and a 0.65-percent seasonal sales tax increase to fund the bonds.

For profiles on the city candidates, see pages 5-7. In the Sept. 22 issue candidates will answer questions posed by the Homer News, and in the Sept. 29 issue we will publish commentaries by them.

Running for mayor in order of filing are: Bryan Zak and David Lewis

Running for city council in order of filing are: Tom Stroozas, Shelly Erickson and Kimberly M. Ketter

Homer Proposition 1: General obligation bonds for a new police station and related capital improvements; 0.65% sales tax rate increase to 5.15%

The borough ballot includes four propositions and several service area board seats.

KPB Proposition 1: Central Peninsula Landfill general obligation bonds of $10.6 million

KPB Proposition 2: South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area general obligation bonds of $4.8 million

KPB Proposition 3: Increasing the sales tax cap from $500 to $1,000 and eliminating sale taxes on residential rents

KPB Proposition 4: Phasing out the optional senior citizen exemption for new applicants by the year 2024

South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board (three, 3-year seats); Homer and the lower peninsula vote: Seat G: Clyde T. Boyer Jr.; Seat H: Doris Cabana; and Seat I: Ralph Broshes

District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education (lower peninsula not including city of Homer): John “Zen” Kelly

Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board (two, 3-year seats); Anchor Point votes: Seat B: Robert Craig; Seat D: Dawson R. Slaughter

Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board (Seat E, one 3-year seat); Diamond Ridge, Fritz Creek, East End Road votes: Matthew “Matt” Schneyer

 

Important dates:

Noon-1 p.m. Sept. 20: Kenai Peninsula Borough Sales and Property Tax Revision Open Forum, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. At the Best Western Bidraka Inn. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and borough assembly member Kelly Cooper will lead the forum. Optional lunch available for purchase at $15. For more information, contact the chamber at events@homeralaska.org.

5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 27: Homer City Council and Mayoral Forum, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. At the Homer Elks Lodge. For more information, contact the chamber at events@homeralaska.org

7 p.m., Sept. 28, Homer Mayoral and City Council Candidate forum, Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus, sponsored by KBBI, the Homer News and the Homer Tribune

 

Absentee voting in person, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 19 to Oct. 3

 

7 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 4, election, Homer Precinct No. 1, City Hall Cowles Council Chambers, and Homer Precinct No. 2, Homer Senior Citizens

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