Baxter: Soldotna leadership sets high standard

For the past 53 years the smart, fiscally-prudent leadership of our public servants has helped ensure a high quality of life and relatively low cost of living here in Soldotna.

The affordability of home ownership, the quality of roads and the ongoing improvement of public facilities can be easy to take for granted if you’ve grown up here; but when considered in the light of our current budget surplus and low mill rate, these achievements are truly noteworthy.

Because the Soldotna City Council has a healthy abundance of political experience that will not be up for reelection this cycle, October 1st is an ideal time to introduce a reliable freshman council member with a sincere interest in the future of our area.

Some people have asked me why, with three council seats open this election cycle, I chose to run for Seat E and not B or D. The answer is simple, Seat E was the only full-term seat without a returning council member.

People have also begun to ask me questions about specific issues as well; questions about our municipal sales tax, our mill rate, our aging water/sewer infrastructure, the Soldotna Sports Center and the Envision Soldotna 2030 plan. While these are topics I am happy to discuss with people, I am careful not to draw any final conclusions before gaining the full perspective of the existing council and gathering the relevant details from city staff.

I am not running for city council to take an activist stance on any specific issue or issues. I am simply interested in having a more active role in the public process and discourse of our community.

The bar for public service in Soldotna has been set high, but if allowed the opportunity, I am eager to meet the challenge.

For more information about me or my campaign, feel free to contact me by email at contact@keithbaxter.us, or visit me online at www.keithbaxter.us.

I would appreciate your vote on October 1st.

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