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Story last updated at 3:39 PM on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homer assembly seat, two council seats up for grabs

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer

In addition to the five borough mayor candidates, the Oct. 4 municipal election includes the following races effecting the southern peninsula:

• Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, District 8, city of Homer, a three-year term, currently held by Bill Smith, who is term-limited and cannot run for re-election; this is one of three assembly seats on the ballot, the other two are District 2, Kenai, and District 5, Sterling/Funny River;

• Anchor Point Fire Service Area Board, seats A and E, each three-year terms; seat B, a two-year term; seat D, a one-year term;

• Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board, seat A, a three-year term;

• South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, seat C, a one-year term; seats D, E and F, each three-year terms; seat G, a 2-year term;

• Two propositions: repeal of the borough seasonal exemption from sales tax of non-prepared food items and increasing the borough sales tax from 3.0 percent to 3.1 percent with the additional 0.1 percent to be used for economic development purposes, and repealing the 60 percent voter approval requirements to increase the sales tax rate.

The city of Homer ballot includes races for two city council seats currently held by Barbara Howard and David Lewis. There are no city propositions, according to Jo Johnson, city clerk.

Kachemak City's ballot also will include two council seats. They are currently held by Tammy Ackerman and Phil Morris, the city mayor.

One proposition will be on Kachemak City's ballot. It asks voter approval for increasing the rate of real property tax by one mill.

That increase, if approved, would help finance a natural gas distribution system in the city after a pipeline is constructed to deliver natural gas to the area from wells near Anchor Point. (See related story, page 1.)

Declarations for candidacy will be accepted:

• By the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk's office beginning 8 a.m. Aug. 1 through 4 p.m. Aug. 15; for more information, call (907) 714-2160 or (800) 478-4441, ext. 2160;

• By the Homer City Clerk's office beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 1 until 5 p.m. Aug. 15; for more information, call 235-3130;

• By Kachemak City Clerk at a date to be determined, call City Clerk Helyn Schoepke, 235-8897.

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