Decision 2013: Nikiski & Borough Summary

With Election Day set for tomorrow, the KSRM News Department will wrap up the Borough-wide issues this afternoon.


At 4pm, we take a look at Propositions on the Borough ballot, and the candidates standing for the Nikiski Assembly seat. At 5pm, we’ll summarize the Kenai candidates and propositions, and at 6pm we’ll cover Soldotna.


Complete broadcasts will air on KSRM 920AM, and details will be posted here at


For the Nikiski Assembly seat there is no incumbent. Instead, Steve Chamberlain and Wayne Ogle will run. They appeared on KSRM’s candidate forums last week.


Chamberlain, owner of Charlie’s Pizza in Nikiski and self-proclaimed Public Health and Safety Investigator, described his weaknesses…


Steve Chamberlain had this response.



Chamberlain: “The word on the street is that Steve is a hot head, that may be true but, I want people to that I’m not full of hot air. What I’m saying when I come on Soundoff over the last couple of years and tell people what I’ve found in my investigations, its not hot air, its factual information that I’ve found that let me to that point”.


Ogle, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain, answered the same question…


Ogle: “Well I’m a do-er, I like to get things done and I think that a weakness that I would have is that I would be impatient to get it done, particularly when I believe strongly that it needs have gotten done, that’s something I work on as far as making sure the issue is followed by reason and persuasion.”


All Borough residents will vote on three ballot proposition.


The first would change the Borough property tax exemption from $20,000 to $50,000 and was co-authored by James Price and Fred Sturman…


Sturman: “The State of Alaska gave the Borough permission to change it to up to $50,000 if they want to, but they didn’t do it. So we’re doing it.”


The second is an Educational Capital Improvement General Obligation Bonds, authorizing the Kenai Peninsula Borough to borrow close to $23 million for education capital improvements.


Borough Mayor Mike Navarre…


KPB Mayor Navarre: “Some of the schools we have are 50 years old, and maintenance in order to protect the asset value and the investment is absolutely necessary, so one way or another, we’re going to have to do maintenance on these, or what potentially could happen is what has happened in other communities and that is the facilities just deteriorate until they fall in.”


But some feel the bonds project too far into the future. Nikiski resident Wenda Kennedy…


Kennedy: “It says in there that the reimbursement is 70 percent by the State, but that’s not an assured thing. That’s only for year one, and we’re talking about a school bond issue that’s going to go on for 20 years. So that means every year, the State has to re-appropriate the money for this, 70 percent, and my crystal ball doesn’t go out 20 years.”


The third and final proposition pertains to Assembly term limits. Assembly Member Bill Smith is responsible for the final version of the term limits proposition, which includes three options…


Asm. Smith(Homer): “You know, there’s a lot of arguments on both sides, but I think that should be left up to the voters. Assembly member Murphy, President Murphy, had a substitute ordinance to take it to the voters instead of the assembly repealing it. My substitute simply added another choice for the voters. The first choice proposed by Assembly President Murphy was do we have term limits or do we not have term limits. My amendment actually just added one more question for the voters, and that’s if we retain term limits should it be two-terms or three-terms?”

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