There are a number of exciting things happening in the City of Soldotna. I have the privilege of having been appointed, as a councilman, to the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce. We will soon begin the planning and fund raising process for a new Visitor Center, which, when completed, will be turned over to the City of Soldotna.
We have beautiful parks, a new bridge soon, and a banner year for new building permits, not just for homes, but for new businesses, too.
Soldotna is growing. New residents, increased requests of relocation information to our City, plans to annex some areas, and major hospital expansion all add to our growth. Yet there are concerns.
The State mandated assessment to the retirement plans will require Soldotna to find nearly 1 million dollars, in addition to our regular budget, by next July. This could require raising of property taxes, elimination of services, increased sales taxes, or even the elimination of our capital budget, or perhaps a combination of those revenue sources.
Public input will be very important. The legislature, of course, could change the picture dramatically by appropriating funds to eliminate or drastically reduce the assessments.
I would urge you to ask those running for state office what their plans might be for the rehabilitation of the retirement systems.
Having served on the Soldotna City Council for 13 years, I have watched houses being built, businesses come to the area, streets being paved, and parks made available for use. The river walk at Soldotna Creek Park is extraordinary. This is a beautiful area with a quality of life attitude.
I would do my best to see that living in Soldotna is a wonderful experience, and that those visiting here leave with a similar feeling.
Join me in keeping Soldotna the best place in America to live. Please vote. Please participate in your local government. Thank you.
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