As the city of Homer starts its budget debate at the next Homer City Council meeting on Monday, the larger question of how to balance the state budget also continues.
This week, Rep. Paul Seaton is the host of town hall meetings in Ninilchik and Homer to discuss state revenue options to address Alaska’s current fiscal situation. Commissioner of Revenue Randy Hoffbeck will attend to listen and answer questions, Seaton said in his August newsletter.
Those meetings will be:
• 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10, Ninilchik Senior Center; and
• 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.
Hoffbeck also will be present with Homer City Manager Katie Koester at the chamber luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Homer Elks Lodge.
It is free and open to the public; lunch is optional.
Hoffbeck will discuss the fiscal challenges the state is facing, the options the state has for those challenges and the path Gov. Bill Walker is laying out to reach fiscal stability.
Those attending are asked to consider completing a revenue options survey before coming to the meeting to help deepen the discussion.
The survey can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/SOArevenue.
Seaton would like to know which revenue options Alaskans believe the state should implement. By filling out the survey, participants add their voice to the discussion.
The survey will help Seaton and Hoffebeck better prepare for questions and comments at meetings.
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