Reader hopes Prop 1 fails

Posted: Friday, September 28, 2007

Concerning Prop. 1: I hope that this proposition will fail. My husband homesteaded in 1948 when there was no road past Forest Drive out the "North Road." He cleared the required acreage, built a log home and has maintained residence on that homestead ever since. The log home was moved from its original site to the west side of the homestead, where we now live.

During the years, the highway was constructed across his property so that now only the present site is exempted. The assessment has increased tremendously, and he pays property tax on the majority of the homestead, but our home happens to be located near the bluff, above what was his setnet site.

He is now 92 years old and no longer hunts, fishes or flies his airplane. Having been frugal his entire life, he has some investments to supplement his Social Security, but our income, while adequate for our lifestyle, is not sufficient to bear a large increase in taxes.

Living here for almost 60 years and loving Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, he would never sell. Please vote "No" on Proposition 1.

Shirley M. Henley


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