City 2016 sales tax revenues up 4 percent

Sales tax returns for the city of Homer increased $250,000 or 4 percent over the city’s anticipated tax revenues for its 2016 budget, City Manager Katie Koester wrote in her report for the April 24 Homer City Council meeting. In last year’s budget, the city projected receiving $6.15 million in sales tax revenues but actually received $6.40 million, a $250,000 gain. Those surplus revenues were put in the city general fund. For the 2017 budget, the city projects receiving about $6.5 million, a 5.5 percent increase over the 2016 budget projections. For first-quarter 2017 receipts compared to 2016 first-quarter receipts, revenues are up 1.5 percent.

Baxter promoted to HPD investigative sergeant

In a ceremony at Monday’s Homer City Council meeting, former Homer Police Officer Larry Baxter was promoted to sergeant. Baxter’s wife, Tamarron, pinned new insignia on her husband. Mayor Bryan Zak also administered the oath of office. Sgt. Baxter now serves as the department’s investigative sergeant, replacing Sgt. Lary Kuhns, who retired last month. In his new role as the department’s detective, Baxter investigates major crimes such as murder, sexual assault and burglary. A U.S. Army veteran, Baxter previously worked with the Saint Paul Police Department.

Mongolian MPs visit Homer

Five members of the Mongolian Parliament and an interpreter participated in an Economic Development Roundtable at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Saturday, March 25. The Mongolian Delegation was sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and managed by the Open World Leadership Center. Roundtable Panel presentations were made by Chamber business members. Topics included attracting visitors to Homer and the burgeoning high tunnel agriculture businesses which produce more vegetables on a year-round basis as well as peony farming and cattle ranching.

Homer businesses attend Anchorage Boat Show

The Homer Marine Trades Association was well represented at the Anchorage Boat Show, held Feb. 17-18 at the Denaina Center. Two boats from BayWeld proved to be a big draw. Also attending were representatives from Southcentral Radar, NOMAR, In Demand Marine, Lower Peninsula Power Sports, Desperate Marine and Northwest Signs. Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins also attended.

Fishermen to feel budget cuts

By DJ Summers

Morris News Service - Alaska

Discussions continue on how to patch up the state’s $3 billion budget hole, and again fishermen will feel the cuts from one realm or another.

Meanwhile, legislators are hinting at an overarching message: find money anywhere but here and prove that your job matters.

Flower Mill owner wants to make your day

Pots of poinsettias — the traditional solid red and white ones, as well as the newer variety known as candy cane for their mixed red and white coloring — were scattered across the floor and glitter roses for dancers in the Nutcracker ballet were selling almost as fast as Rachel Woolard could make them.

It was the busy Christmas season at Alaska Flower Mill and holiday arrangements in all shapes and sizes were headed out the door, but Woolard’s thoughts were already shifting toward Valentine’s Day.


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