June 13, 2016 Update -- Fiscal Effects Study Released
“The Analysis of the Fiscal Effects of Annexation for the City of Soldotna” was received on June 9 and released for review today.
The purpose of this report is to analyze the cost of delivering city services to areas near the existing city limits, and the overall fiscal effects on the City of Soldotna should the City decide to petition for the annexation of areas adjacent to the current city boundaries. It does not contain recommendations on annexation areas, but is one step of many in evaluating the feasibility and impacts of any potential annexation. Click here to download the full report (PDF; 10 mb).
A representative from Northern Economics, the firm who conducted the analysis on behalf of the City, will present the findings to the Soldotna City Council at a work session on Wednesday, June 22 at 4:45 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
City staff will also be holding an open house on Thursday, June 30th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Gilman River Center, located at 514 Funny River Road in Soldotna. The public is invited to attend the open house to ask questions, discuss the report, and share feedback about the findings.
October 26, 2015 Update -- Study Areas Identified
The City has identified areas to be evaluated as part of the economic analysis, which are shown on this map (PDF). Please email us if you would like a hard copy, or would like to receive the map in a different format. The following editorial by City Manager, Mark Dixson, ran in the Peninsula Clarion on Sunday, October 25th. It describes where we are in the process, and why these particular areas were selected to be analyzed.
The entire study area is approximately 5 square miles, and is broken up into many smaller subareas (nine of them, in total). The results of the analysis will be reported for each, specific subarea. We know that the needs and concerns of people living in, or running their business in different areas may not be the same across the board. When the results of the economic analysis are available in 2016, we look forward to discussing them with folks from these different areas.
In the meantime, please contact us if you're interested in getting more information about the project, or in sharing your concerns and comments.
July 2015 Update -- City Authorizes Contract Award for Economic Analysis
The City Council approved Resolution 2015-036 at their July 22, 2015 regular meeting. This Resolution authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Northern Economics to perform the work described in the request for proposals (RFP) issued on June 8, 2015.