Homer Alaska - News

548 objections to natural gas special assessment district received

By McKibben Jackinsky

Staff writer

At the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, the city of Homer had received an estimated 548 objections to the Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District.

"They've been coming in steady," said City Clerk Jo Johnson of the last-minute objections to formation of the district.

On July 23, 2012, the Homer City Council initiated a special assessment district for natural gas distribution within the city. The distribution system would connect to a trunk line being constructed by Enstar Natural Gas to deliver natural gas from Anchor Point to Homer and Kachemak City.

A certified letter to all 3,855 property owners that would be included in the district was mailed by the city Nov. 1, with the requirement that those objecting to the project formally submit their objection by 5 p.m. Jan. 25.

The estimated cost of the project is $16.9 million. Seventy-five percent of the cost would be assessed against properties within the district. The estimated amount of the assessments is $3,283.30 per lot.

In order to stop as it is proposed, half of the 3,855 (1,928) property owners had to object.

A final tally of the objections will be presented to the Homer City Council when it meets Monday. A public hearing on Ordinance 13-02, formation of the special assessment district is on the Monday agenda, with the council to take action on the ordinance that evening.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.