• Peninsula Cities Consider Impacts Of Possible Nikiski Inc.

    first_imgKenai City Manager Paul Ostrander has previously told his city’s council that his top concerns with Nikiski’s incorporation include:  the elimination of possible annexation of land to the north, and possible changes to mutual aid agreements between the city of Kenai and Nikiski Fire Department. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The proposed City of Nikiski would run all the way south to the city limits of Kenai and west across the Cook Inlet to Tyonek. Kenai Peninsula Borough Chief of Staff Larry Persily says the Borough is still calculating how the proposed city could impact residents of other cities and communities. Persily: “Certainly it appears, reading the incorporation application, that the supporters of it see an opportunity to tap into a substantial oil and gas property tax base out there. Whether that is right, whether it is fair, whether it meets the terms of state law for the information of a city, that’ll be up to the Local Boundary Commission to decide. My understanding of the law is you can’t incorporate just because you want the money. You’ve got to provide services and show the state what services are not being provided, how you could provide services better. I’m sure the supporters of incorporation in Nikiski believe they can provide better services at lower cost, that seems to be the point of their application. I’m not convinced it’s that easy.” Persily says the AK LNG Project’s revenue would also become more complicated if Nikiski forms its own city government.center_img The supporters of the City of Nikiski proposal say Nikiski residents and businesses paid $2.2 million in road service area taxes. Persily says residents of the actual Nikiski community only paid $885,000 of that figure. The remaining $1.3 million came from oilfield companies and residents on the west side of the Inlet. Public comments are due by March 8.last_img

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