With seats to fill on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, board of education, city councils and numerous service areas, voters will head to the polls Tuesday to participate in this year's round of municipal elections.
Depending upon where they live, voting residents also will decide if they want to create the Seward-Bear Creek Flood Service Area (Proposition 1), authorize $49.9 million in bonds to pay for renovation and expansion of Central Peninsula General Hospital (Proposition 2), and whether the borough should assume trails powers and create the Kenai Peninsula Borough Trails Service Area (Proposition 3).
Each of the propositions will require an increase in service area property taxes.
As usual, voters have options as far as how and when they cast their ballots.
Applications to vote by mail were to have been in no later than Sept. 30. An application to vote by fax must be received by the borough no later than today.
Voters who are likely to be unable to make it to the polls on election day still can choose to vote an absentee ballot and can apply for one by mail or fax. Voters also may vote absentee in person up to and including on election day at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk's Office, or at city clerks' offices throughout the borough, except in Homer where absentee votes can be cast at the Borough Annex Building at 206 E. Pioneer Ave.
Those who cannot come to the polls because of a physical disability or illness can apply for a special-needs ballot.
An absentee ballot application can be found on Page 5 of the Kenai Peninsula Borough municipal election voter information pamphlet mailed recently to borough voters.
Call the borough clerk's office for more information about voting absentee or regarding a special-needs ballot.
Polling places used last year will remain the same with the exception that the Scout Lake poll no longer exists. It has been rolled in with the Sterling polling area.
Here is the list of Kenai Peninsula Borough polling locations. The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Anchor Point: Anchor Point Senior Citizens Center at Mile .25 Milo Fritz Ave.
Bear Creek: Bear Creek Fire Hall at Mile 5 Seward Highway
Central: Soldotna Sports Center at 538 Arena Drive
Cooper Landing: No polling place. Voters use mailed ballots.
Diamond Ridge: Homer Legislative Information Office at 345 W. Sterling Highway
Funny River: Borough Building at 144 North Binkley St.
Homer 1: Homer City Hall at 491 East Pioneer Ave.
Homer 2: Homer Senior Citi-zens Center at 3935 Svedlund St.
Hope: No polling place. Voters use mailed ballots
Kachemak Bay: No polling place. Voters use mailed ballots
Kachemak City-Fritz Creek: Kachemak Community Center at 41770 Bear Creek Drive
K-Beach: K-Beach Fire Station at 37699 K-Beach Road
Kasilof: Tustumena Elemen-tary at Mile 111 Sterling Highway
Kenai 1: Kenai Mall at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway
Kenai 2: Old State Court Building at 145 Main Street Loop
Kenai 3: Kenai Senior Citizens Center at 361 Senior Court
Mackey Lake: Peninsula Cen-ter Mall at 44332 Sterling High-way
Moose Pass: No polling place. Voters use mailed ballots.
Nikiski: Nikiski Middle-Senior High School at Nikiski Beach Road
Ninilchik: Ninilchik School at Mile 138 Sterling Highway
Salamatof: Nikiski Fire Sta-tion No. 1 at Mile 17.9 Spur High-way
Seldovia: Seldovia Library at 260 Seldovia St.
Seward: Seward City Hall at 5th and Adams
Soldotna: Soldotna City Hall at 177 N. Birch
Sterling: Sterling Senior Citizens Center at Mile 81.6 Ster-ling Highway
Tyonek: No polling place. Voters use mailed ballots.
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