Alaskans for Grocery Tax Relief Press Release –
Alaskans for Grocery Tax Relief Now has filed an Initiative Application for: “An Ordinance Amending KPB Title 4: To Provide Voters with More Complete Information in the Election Pamphlet,” which has now been certified by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk.
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska – June 5, 2015 – This citizens’ initiative would require that both pro and con statements for ballot propositions be allowed and included the Kenai Peninsula Borough Voter Information Pamphlet. The sponsors of ballot initiatives were silenced when the borough assembly passed an ordinance last year to remove this capability.
Tara Kain, prime sponsor of the initiative stated, “This initiative gives voters the opportunity to consider both sides of the issue, when voting for local propositions. Under the current system, the borough assembly gives only information that they believe is relevant. The voters should have the right to hear what the sponsor has to say in support of an initiative brought forth through the initiative process. No one is more qualified than the sponsor to inform voters about an initiative petition that they have written. This initiative also provides an equal opportunity for a statement to be made against each proposition. Our initiative will provide an opportunity for voters to make a more informed decision.”
James Price, co-sponsor, stated: “Providing both sides of an issue is important, if your goal is to have a fair debate where voters can make an informed decision. This initiative closely follows existing state regulations regarding the initiative process. Voters deserve to hear boths sides of an issue to be decided at the ballot box.”
Our initiative application was approved on June 1, 2015 by the borough clerk. The clerk will have petition booklets available for circulation on June 15th so that we can begin to collect the 1,655 voter signatures required to place our initiative on the October 6th ballot.
The borough assembly has the option of introducing an initiative as a proposed borough ordinance. Assemblyman Dale Bagley did introduce our initiative as KPB Ordinance 2015-15, which will be considered at the June 16th borough assembly meeting. If our initiative is passed by ordinance our signature drive will not be necessary, as our initiative would then be adopted by borough code.
In addition, if the assembly passes this ordinance, they can permit our group to address the voters on our upcoming initiative, which is on the October 6, 2015 ballot as Proposition One, to support our seasonal sales tax exemption for groceries. If the assembly substantially changes our initiative or does not pass it, we will continue our work through the initiative process.
We believe that our initiative will help to inform voters and will strengthen the democratic process.
Southern Kenai Peninsula Contact Information: Tara Kain, Alaskans For Grocery Tax Relief Now, 907-399-7900, firstname.lastname@example.org, endgrocerytax.com
Central Kenai Peninsula Contact Information: James Price, Alaskans For Grocery Tax Relief Now, 907-776-3481, email@example.com, endgrocerytax.com
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING KPB 4.10.110 TO PROVIDE FOR THE INCLUSION OF STATEMENTS ADVOCATING VOTER APPROVAL OR REJECTION OF BALLOT PROPOSITIONS IN THE INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE DISTRIBUTED BY THE BOROUGH CLERK PRIOR TO EACH ELECTION