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Soldotna adds proposition to fall ballot

Posted: June 25, 2014 - 8:09pm

During the regular election this fall, Soldotna residents will vote on how their municipal officials and candidates will be required to disclose personal finances.

At their Wednesday meeting, The Soldotna City Council unanimously voted in favor of putting a proposition on the ballot that would exempt municipal officials and elected or appointed candidates from the requirements of the Alaska Public Official Financial Disclosure law. The city could then adopt local financial disclosure requirements.

Soldotna City Manager Mark Dixson said the proposition would limit the public access of the documentation to locals, who would have to physically come into the Soldotna City Hall to receive the documents.

The council also voted unanimously in favor to authorize the city manager to execute a contract with Blazy Construction for just under $3.4 million in the construction of the Kalifornsky Beach water reservoir.

Dixson said Blazy Construction was the lowest of five bids for the contract.

Council member Pete Sprague said the amount was hard to swallow, but equally as hard to turn down for such an important project.


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Suss 06/25/14 - 11:52 pm
Check the Vote History of October 6th, 2009

I believe there already was a vote to change or exempt (opt out) Soldotna's elected/appointed officials from the required public financial disclosures.

Voters rejected the change.

I wonder what prompts the need to revisit this issue again?

The intent is to limit digital access to disclosures. This seems to be a step back in time.

If you do not want to disclose your finances you are not compelled to run for or be appointed to public office.

The voters will once again tell the City NO.

Soldotna City Disclosure Rule Change (October 2009)
There was a Soldotna City Disclosure Rule Change on the October 6, 2009 ballot ballot in Soldotna.
This measure was defeated
YES 293 (43.93%)
NO 374 (56.07%)[1]
The city council approved an ordinance on August, 26 to change the disclosure rules to be local and not coincide with state legislation. Soldotna is one of a few Alaskan cities who put this on their October ballots, citing that state rules are too intrusive into local matters. Councilwoman Betty Obendorf was vocal in wanting to make sure realtors, insurance professional, financial advisers, doctors and attorneys were also added to the lists of those that do not have to disclose their client information if they do not want to.[2]
The official ordinance states that the local government wants to establish its own rules and guidelines to manage financial disclosure laws that are currently under the state regulations.[3]
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Soldotna Election Information

Norseman 06/26/14 - 06:54 am
All the voters were looking

All the voters were looking for was some transparency. We all are sick and tired of people running for office purely for their own personal agendas.

If you do not wish to disclose info, then don't run for office.

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