Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

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Last reviewed: October 2012

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough is one of sixteen organized boroughs in Alaska. Its borough seat is Soldotna. The borough is one of seven second-class boroughs in the state. The 2010 census reported the population at 55,400. The borough seat is Soldotna, its third-largest incorporated community. Its largest cities are Kenai and Homer. The total area is 35% water.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Alaska borough websites

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[2]
  • The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[3]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[4]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[5]
  • Permit applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available[6]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[7]
  • Bids are posted[8]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[9]
  • Tax revenues are available[10] and tax rates are published[11]

The bad

  • Awarded contracts are not available under purchasing, and a search does not turn up a comprehensive, relevant result.
  • A search of lobbying does return results, however, information relating specifically to lobbying expenses, including membership fees, is unavailable.

Elected Officials

Name Title
Mike Navarre Mayor
Gary Knopp Assembly President, District 1
Hal Smalley District 2
Ray Tauriainen District 3
Linda Murphy District 4
Charlie Pierce Vice President, District 5
Sue McClure District 6
Brent Johnson District 7
Bill Smith District 8
Mako Haggerty District 9

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Johni Blankenship Borough Clerk
Paul Ostrander Chief of Staff
Colette Thompson Borough Attorney
Mark Dixon General Services Director
Craig Chapman Finance Director
Tom Anderson Assessing Director
Mark Fowler Purchasing and Contracting Officer
Max Best Planning Director
Ben Hanson Information Technology Director
Jack Maryott Solid Waste Director
John Mohorchich River Center Director
Kevin Lyon Capital Projects Director
Eric Mohmann Emergency Management Director
Tammy Goggia 911 Operations Manager


$72,929,528 is appropriated in the General Fund for the FY beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013.

Of this, general government operations will received $17,157,799, followed by $43,000,000 for transfer to the school district for operations and in-kind services, $2,571,245 to school debt service, $8,043,557 to solid waste, $667,189 to post secondary education, $457,692 to Land Transfer Fund, $329,065 to 911 Communication Fund, $52,981 to Nikiski Senior Service Area and $1,050,000 to school revenue.[12]


Category FY2010 FY2011
General Property Taxes $54,903,281 $53,048,003
Sales Tax $28,295,915 $27,843,495
Federal $3,902,829 $3,981,035
State $5,584,144 $4,553,497
Other Revenue $18,154,206 $18,960,937
Fund Balance Appropriated, net $9,866,584 $4,936,124
Total Revenue $120,706,959 $113,323,091


Category FY2010 FY2011
General Government $17,391,332 $16,577,130
Solid Waste 7,924,561 8,977,137
Public Safety 16,560,366 15,055,321
Recreation 1,484,097 1,504,988
Education 47,162,687 47,425,843
Road Maintenance 10,505,496 6,919,371
Hospitals 11,480,640 8,109,877
Internal Service 8,197,780 8,753,424
Total Expenditures $120,706,959 $113,323,091

The Kineau Borough Assembly recently discussed the financial changes required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Given the health care coverage requirements in regards to children, the law will cost the Borough an additional $230,000[13]. In an effort to encourage more residents, members of the community from the town of Hope have asked the assembly to sell off parcels of land. Hope requires that it has at least 10 children enrolled in its school system to qualify for state funding[14].

Mayor Dave Carey has suggesting suspending borough funding to the Kenai Peninsula College. The college has received $637,570 from the Borough in the year 2011[15]. The Borough, along with the city of Homer, is seeking $10 million to fund the construction of a natural gas pipeline extension[16]. Mayor Dave Carey has recently requested additional funding of $12 million from the state in order to transform a landfill into a transfer site[17].

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