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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Local voters OK road bonds

 

October 6, 2016 | View PDF



The Seward and Lowell Point voters had three distinct messages to deliver when they went to the polls on Tuesday. They’re OK with paying for local roads and allowing the Kenai Peninsula Borough to increase the sales tax cap, but in no uncertain terms were they thrilled with ending the Senior Exemption as a way to help the borough generate extra funds.

Based on the unofficial election results from Seward City Hall on Tuesday evening, Seward and Lowell Point residents were heavily in favor of Seward Proposition 1, which sought voter approval for the City of Seward to issue up to $3 million in general obligation bonds for road construction and improvements. The proposition passed by a hefty 240-90 margin.

With its passage, the City of Seward will now be able to finance approximately 20 percent of the total cost of the road improvements. The city has already secured almost 80 percent of the funding required through state and federal sources.

Local voters gave mild support to an increase in the sales tax cap that had been requested by the borough, approving KPB Proposition 3 by a narrow 178-154 margin.

While voters supported the road improvements and sales tax increase, they sent a clear message to borough officials that eliminating the Senior Exemption was not something they were in favor of by shooting down KPB Proposition 4 by a 228-96 margin.

In local races, Ristine Casagrande was the top vote-getter in the race for the Seward City Council. She received 169 ballots in her re-election bid. Dale Butts and Erik Slater received 168 and 165 votes, respectively. Mark Ganser and Jessica Gal both won seats on the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board.

There were 85 Absentee In Person ballots that will be counted by the Canvass Board on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Fire Hall.

Unofficial Results

Here are the unofficial election results for the October 4, 2016 election for Seward/Lowell Point.

Board of Education – East Peninsula District 6

Lynn Hohl 296

Write-Ins 10

Seward Bear Creek FSA Board – Seat C

Jessica Gal 263

Write-Ins 3

Seward Bear Creek FSA Board – Seat G

Mark Ganser 307

Write-Ins 2

KPB Proposition 1 – Solid Waste Bonds

Yes 173

No 160

KPB Proposition 3 – Sales Tax Cap Increase

Yes 178

No 154

KPB Proposition 4 – Senior Exemption

Yes 96

No 228

Seward City Council

Ristine Casagranda 169

Dale Butts 168

Erik Slater 165

Marianna Keil 161

Suzanne Towsley 159

John Hull Jr. 44

Write-Ins 6

Seward Proposition 1 – Road Bonds

Yes 240

No 90

 

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