Soldotna Special Election Tomorrow

Residents in the City of Soldotna will take to the polls tomorrow to cast their ballot to find a replacement for former Mayor Peter Micciche. Though out the campaign between former Kenai Peninsula and City of Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey and Dr. Nels Anderson, one issue gaining attention was a proposal by Mr. Carey to eliminate the city’s property tax…


Carey: “The idea of eliminating property tax, from my stand point, for especially those that are low income or on fixed incomes, it would help them to take that small burden off of them. In the same way, if a business is looking at which community that they wish to locate in, if a community has a clear record of not having property taxes, I believe that’s a plus,  as compared to other places that might have property taxes. And so I see that we want to look at all options to make us economically stronger, but also to help our residents, and to me, the discussion on property tax is that kind of an issue.”


The issue was addressed last week, during a candidate forum sponsored by the KSRM News Department, Dr. Anderson also weighed in on the issue…


Dr. Anderson: “The mayor doesn’t have a vote on that, and to set that at ease, the city council, at least at present doesn’t support that particular issue. You have people like Pete Sprague, who I guess would be considered progressive, you’ve got people like Dale Bagley, who’s certainly an ultra conservative and good friend by the way, and people like Brenda Hartman our vice-mayor, all of whom oppose eliminating the property taxes.  Now if you look at Soldotna, its real interesting, because we have a .65 mils, so on a $250,000 house, property tax for the year is $162. If you live across the street, out of the city of Soldotna, you are paying a 1.4 mil borough road tax, which the city of Soldotna does not pay, which is $350, so actually you’re saving $138 by living in the City of Soldotna.”


Polls open tomorrow morning at Soldotna City hall on Birch Street.

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