Senior tax issue heats up reader

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2006

As a frequent visitor for months at a time to the Kenai area, I am interested in the laws concerning resident property taxes. I understand the need for taxes but am concerned for seniors who cannot stay through the cold winters, but otherwise spend a good part of the year in Alaska, spending money ever day for fuel, power, phone, food, clothes, recreation, boats, etc. In other words, just everyday stuff.

Some of these people are not rich but spend a lot of their income in Alaska, so they go out when it’s too cold, and they won’t qualify for exemptions in other states either. As a 100 percent disabled veteran, I get an exemption in my home state of Nevada, so what about Alaska disabled vets, are they targeted, too, with this (way too short) 120-day rule for exemptions? If so, the local government may be violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, or at least being grossly unfair to the aged.

Mel Adkins

Sparks, Nev.

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