Kenai assembly rejects beautification tax break

Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2002

KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members rejected an ordinance Tuesday that would have given property owners a tax break for beautifying their property.

The ordinance would have provided an exemption from taxes for any increase in assessed value attributable to beautification projects. Such an exemption already exists, but applies only to property within 150 feet of rivers and streams.

One sponsor, Gary Superman of Nikiski, said he wished there were more ways to spur people to clean up or otherwise improve their properties.

Other assembly members worried about the bureaucratic impact.

''How much time are we talking about for our assessing department to go out (and do inspections)?'' said Assemblywoman Milli Martin.

Assemblyman Chris Moss said there was a potential for arguments that assessments were going up because of beautification projects.

Moss said similar ordinances in Fairbanks since 1985 and in Seward since 1999 have yet to result in a single qualifying exemption.

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