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Ask the Mayor

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002

Where do our tax dollars go?

Editor's Note: The following weekly column is designed to help answer residents' questions about the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its government.

Question: Where does our tax money go?

Answer: Seventy-seven percent of the money collected through property tax and sales tax goes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. That leaves 23 percent of all tax revenue for the rest of the borough.

One area the borough spends money on is the solid waste department. This department manages the landfills and transfer sites around the borough. We do not charge a user fees for normal residential usage.

The borough also has a large planning department. This department manages borough land, does the subdivision platting around the borough, regulates the 50 river setback, manages the coastal management program, issues permits for new gravel pits, and performs a variety of other activities.

The borough also provides some money to the Kenai Peninsula College, the Economic Development District, the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council, enhanced 911 functions and the Office of Emergency Management.

There also are service areas that are responsible for a specific function and a specific mill rate. They have an elected or appointed service area board that is involved with setting the mill rate and the budget. Some examples of service areas are:

Hospital service areas (Central Peninsula and South Peninsula);

Road service area (boroughwide except within the cities)

Fire and emergency service areas (Central Peninsula, Nikiski, Anchor Point, Kachemak Bay and Bear Creek);

Recreation service area (Nikiski);

Senior service area (Nikiski).

The rest of the tax revenue goes to administration, the finance department, assessing, project management and legal. These departments help support all of the above departments and service areas.

You may send your questions to:

Mayor Bagley

144 . Binkley

Soldotna, AK 99669

Fax: (907) 262-8616

E-mail: bdove@borough.kenai.ak.us



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