Oberts: No to sales tax rate

Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2005

Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate Ed Oberts said he will vote "no" on ballot Proposition 5, which sets a maximum borough sales tax rate.

"The borough does need additional funding to fund the increases in local share education expenses," Oberts told the audience at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon Sept. 1.

He also said he will propose reducing the sales tax increase to a half a percent increase from a 1 percent increase.

The Nikiski chamber is hosting four of the six borough mayor candidates at its weekly chamber luncheon. John Torgerson will speak today. John Williams is scheduled Sept. 16, and Gary Superman on Sept. 29.

The chamber is hosting the event as a question-and-answer session.

Oberts, a conservative Republican, said he has been active in politics most of his life.

He currently is Mayor Dale Bagley's appointed chief administrative officer for the borough.

He also is appointed to the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Board of Directors and was elected to the Central Emergency Service Area Board.

He has worked as a legislative aide to former state Sen. Paul Fischer. Oberts was elected Republican Party district chair, Republican Party central committee member and is a past executive committee member of the Alaska Republican Party. He also is past president of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

In a campaign flyer handed out to the audience, he said he wants to improve efficiencies at the borough by starting new information systems and improving responsiveness to the public.

He said he wants to improve borough roads and provide leadership to ensure the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are successful.

In addition, Oberts said in his flyer he wants to encourage the state to build the Cooper Landing bypass, the Funny River bridge and make safety improvements to Jerrel's Hill just before Homer.

Oberts can be reached at 398-8039.

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