Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:52 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

You can do something about tax bills

Congratulations to the people of Homer. According to the borough assessor your property is now worth more money in some cases a lot more money. But assessed value is only part of the calculation they use when figuring your taxes. In June, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decides how much to spend, sets the mill rate and sends you a tax bill in July. Yes, renters, you pay property tax, too. There is nothing you can do about property values increasing, but there is something you can do about your future tax bills.

If you have the wisdom to start electing conservative, hold-the-line on government spending people to represent your interest on the borough assembly and school board, your tax bills could remain flat or even go down. But then 80 percent of local residents choose not to vote and therefore have no voice in the budget process. Until all of you join the discussion, expect higher property tax bills every year.

The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers (ACT) is a Kenai Peninsula-based watchdog group that tracks the borough assemblys off-budget spending and their votes on controversial issues. You also can sign up to receive an email notice of upcoming issues and assembly meetings.

To find out more about the decisions that affect your tax bill, visit the ACT website at www.ACT-KPB.org. This is a great place for educated voters to visit, especially before the October election. Become informed, involved and vote.

Mike McBride

North Kenai