Habitat, term limits, transportation on assembly agenda

Busy night

The Kenai Borough Assembly has a busy schedule this evening; anadromous fish, term limits and public transportation top the agenda.

The meeting will be started off by James Price, who is expected to give a 10-minute presentation on the borough’s initiative process — the same process that is expected to be challenged shortly thereafter by some on the assembly seeking to reverse a voter initiative that set term limits.

The term limits ordinance won wide support from voters in 2007 and was reaffirmed by voters in 2009 — the third affirmative nod for term limits made by the public in the last 15 years. The current attempt to repeal limits comes from District 2 Assemblyman and Assembly Vice President Hal Smalley, who introduced the latest incarnation at the June 2 meeting saying that voters should decide on the issue.

The assembly will hear public testimony on the term limit issue after the assembly votes on a call for a public advisory vote on continued borough financial support of public transportation.

Last month, CARTS was awarded $25,000 in the borough’s 2014 budget. CARTS’ management leverages that money against federal grants to raise the amount to $109,000 for 2014.

District 7 Assemblyman Brent Johnson introduced the resolution at the June 18 meeting saying that he’d heard from residents of the borough who question local support.

Calling the matter a “social” one rather “science,” Johnson compared the question of continued CARTS support to the public’s favor for continued support of Kenai Peninsula College in 2011 when then mayor Dave Carey sought to cut $650,000 from its funding.

“I want to hear what the people say,” Johnson said, last week.

The Assembly will not hear from the public on the anadromous streams ordinance, which many consider to be the most divisive issue in decades. Nearly 100 people testified at the June 18 meeting, before time ran out on the vote for Ordinance 2013-18, which was rescheduled for tonight.

Also included on the agenda tonight is an ordinance seeking to lower the maximum penalty charged to businesses late on their borough sales tax payments to 10 percent.


Reach Greg Skinner at greg.skinner@peninsulaclarion.com.


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