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Mayor vetoes bed tax

Posted: August 4, 2014 - 9:23pm  |  Updated: August 4, 2014 - 9:56pm

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre vetoed the proposed 3 percent borough-wide bed tax, subject to voter approval, Monday.

“I don’t really like dedicated taxes personally,” he said.

After hearing a lot of opposition from Homer constituents, Navarre said he didn’t like that if the rest of the borough votes for a bed tax, that Homer would be stuck with it “whether they like it or not.”

Funds collected through the bed tax were proposed to go to promote tourism marketing of the peninsula. The borough currently funds the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Market Council $300,000 annually to promote tourism. Navarre said if the council wants additional money, it can make an argument for it.

“Raising $1.6 million in order to fund tourism marketing non-area-wide, it’s just not a very efficient way of raising revenues,” he said.

According to a memo from Navarre to the borough assembly, a better approach would be for the assembly to authorize general law cities to implement a bed tax by voter approval.

He said a tax on all tourism businesses might be more agreeable, but he is not sure if statutes would allow for that.

“The bottom line is if we want to fund (tourism promotion) we have the capability of funding it, we just have to do it in our budget,” he said. “We just have to compete with other priorities in the budget. … Once you start down dedicated taxes, it starts getting pretty confused pretty fast.”

The borough assembly approved putting the item on the Oct. 7 ballot with a 5-4 vote at its July 22 meeting, but assembly member Kelly Wolf gave notice of reconsideration.

According to the memo, the assembly may address overriding the veto by adding it to its agenda for the Tuesday assembly meeting or schedule a special meeting before the clerk’s deadline for adding issues to the ballot.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com

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Chris0803
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Chris0803 08/05/14 - 09:34 am
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Great Job Mayor

This style of thinking is great. No taxation that cherry picks Kenai

beaverlooper
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beaverlooper 08/07/14 - 11:29 am
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YES

Good decision mayor.Mayor Navarre.
This mayor has shown more responsible leadership and sound decision making ability than the last 2 or 3 Borough Mayors combined.
I have to say though,I think the KTPMC shouldn't be getting any borough funding at all.If it's that important they can do it themselves. It's called the free market system.
Not saying the former mayors were bad people, just bad mayors.

akdipnet
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akdipnet 08/05/14 - 06:17 pm
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Bed Tax

All a bed tax accomplishes is more bureaucrats with fat retirements. In the age of Yelp, Tripadvisor, Milepost, Google, etc., there are a lot more and better ways to promote the Peninsula, and often times they cost nothing, or close to nothing!

herbtr
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herbtr 08/07/14 - 10:13 am
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tax veto

The veto is a good thing.

The article fails to mention that Mayor Candidate Bearup was against the tax from the beginning and stated that to the assembly.

Lets not forget : Mayor Navarre was for the tax before he was against the tax. Guess an election must be coming up.

Suss
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Suss 08/07/14 - 05:23 pm
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Bearup and Taxes

Don't forget Bearup is against taxes.

He also forgets income and property when filing for bankruptcy.

http://www.akb.uscourts.gov/opinions/10abr/10abr162.htm

"Their motive for eventually filing bankruptcy on July 1, 2010 was to clear their credit (i.e., discharge about $250,000 of unsecured debt) so they could obtain refinancing or reduction of their mortgage debt on their Alaska real estate. Although the property is titled to them in their individual names, it is considered by the debtors to be a keystone to continuing their ministry.

In this bankruptcy case, they are trying to exclude the FBFAA
(Bearup's church business) income from their bankruptcy estate."

"A key element of the UST’s (U.S.Trustee) case was that the church income was freely used to pay the debtors’ personal expenses, and the church income should have thus been acknowledged to
some degree as belonging to them individually for bankruptcy purposes. This failure of cooperation or disclosure is an element in the court’s finding against the debtors in this case."

herbtr
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herbtr 08/07/14 - 12:43 pm
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Bear Up

As Paul Harvey used to say;
"Now for the rest of the story"

Filing is not bankruptcy.

Mr. Bearup was near death with an aneurysm and untreatable stomach issue.  He survived as a result of expensive experimental surgery.   Due to the high medical expenses, attorneys advised the family to file for bankruptcy protection, a common method of financial protection during financial restructuring.

The Bearups successfully restructured their finances and exited the bankruptcy proceedings.

Suss
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Suss 08/07/14 - 04:57 pm
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Read the bankruptcy findings

Bearup was disallowed the bankruptcy discharge of debt.

"Exited" or denied bankruptcy protection?

"The Bearups testified that they viewed their ministry as a 24/7 commitment, and contend that virtually all their endeavors, income and expenses were related to the church. To illustrate this, they testified that they only occupied as personal space one bedroom and one bathroom in their 4,000 square foot house. While it is unnecessary to determine what imponderable percentage of their time or assets is devoted to the church exclusively, I do not accept their shifting all their assets and income to the church to the extent this impairs their bankruptcy creditors’ legitimate rights to their assets and income."

"A key element of the UST’s ( United States Trustee ) case was that the church income was freely used to pay the debtors’ personal expenses, and the church income should have thus been acknowledged to
some degree as belonging to them individually for bankruptcy purposes. This failure of cooperation or disclosure is an element in the court’s finding against the debtors in this case."

The entire file is available.

The chronology of where the money came from, where it went and why he did not think he had to report his most major income from his own church is all laid out in the pleadings.

The massive credit card debt was not all from medical.

"Much of the $158,000 credit card and store credit debt shown on the Bearups’ Schedule B 5 is attributable to improvements on the Alaska property for church purposes (e.g., improving the child care facility in the garage)."

Now, let's move on to residency!

When does Arizona start and stop?

When does Alaska start and stop?

Voter registrations, fishing and hunting licenses, mailing addresses would be informative.

Please publish the bankruptcy court pleadings to prove what was done.

http://www.akb.uscourts.gov/opinions/10abr/10abr162.htm

herbtr
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herbtr 08/07/14 - 04:09 pm
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reading

Reading and comprehending legal terminology and obligatory statements are two different things.

You can obviously read.

Suss
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Suss 08/07/14 - 06:55 pm
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Reading slowly

Agreed about understanding, Bearups had counsel and still did not comply fully.

Take your time. One sentence at a time.

Debtors’ and Counsel’s Lack of Cooperation-

UST. United States Trustee

FBFAA. Bearup's church corporation

" There has been a lack of cooperation with the UST by the debtors and their counsel which is a factor in this decision.

Once it was apparent that the UST thought FBFAA’s income was attributable to the Bearups, the UST should have been provided with all the available financial information he sought.

The UST (U.S.Trustee)had asked for financial information breaking down the accounting analysis in individual enterprises (the church, The Ark, and the Ambassador Wedding Chapel),

it should have been provided.

Although much paperwork was produced, it was not until the trial on May 9, 2011, that the debtors acknowledged they had Quicken Books and/or separate accountings for each of the nonprofit segments.

A key element of the UST’s case was that the church income was freely used to pay the debtors’ personal expenses, and the church income should have thus been acknowledged to
some degree as belonging to them individually for bankruptcy purposes.

This failure of cooperation or disclosure is an element in the court’s finding against the debtors in this case."

http://www.akb.uscourts.gov/opinions/10abr/10abr162.htm

We have less than two months.

The Soldotna or Kenai library can assist with the big words.

leewaytooo
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leewaytooo 08/08/14 - 02:40 am
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this situation is why all

this situation is why all churches should be taxed as

businesses.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 08/09/14 - 07:34 pm
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Less of

Leewaytooo- If taxed.The churches could not HIDE their true income. Not only will there be less separation of church,and state.Like one could tell the difference today.There could be fewer churches,and fewer preachers.There would be though. The Mega Churches of the Corporate Office.

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