Seniors split on property tax exemption rules

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2006


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  Photo by M. Scott Moon

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“I don’t want to see anyone lose their exemption, but I can’t afford to lose it. I live off of social security and there’s no way I could make it if it wasn’t for the exemption,” said Sonia Byram, a Kasilof homeowner and Alaska resident since 1972.


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“It makes sense to me. I don’t see much sense in giving tax breaks to people who aren’t part of the culture and the state,” said Richard Jurgensen, a resident of Kenai’s Vintage Pointe Manor since 1993.


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“My thing with the PFD is it goes to people who aren’t citizens, so to me, I feel it’s the same with (tax exemptions). I think it’s more important they’re citizens rather than residents,” said Jan Stiers-Deguzman, an Alaska resident since 1955.


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Harold O’Connell, and his wife, Loraine, split their time living in Alaska and Arizona.

“We have places in both places. I’d just as soon stay here year-round, but my wife had a broken hip and the snow and ice is hard on her, so we go Outside in winter,” he said.

“I don’t agree with the borough’s plan. I think it should stay the same,” he said.

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