in Kodiak will have to spend as much time on the island to qualify for a
property tax exemption as they do to qualify for a Permanent Fund Dividend
check. That was the decision of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly at its last
state law seniors and disabled veterans can apply for a property tax exemption,
if the local government implements one, as the Kodiak Island Borough has.
Borough Assessor Tom Anderson explains:
-- (Tax 1 23 sec "Residency standards ... per calendar year.")
Judy Fulp had sought to amend the ordinance to reduce the residency
requirements to just 90 days, because she said not everyone collects a PFD.
-- (Tax 2 47 sec "I personally know ... they can't qualify.")
Pat Branson said the exemption requirements for residency are lenient enough:
-- (Tax 3 47 sec "I know people like to ... tax exemptions for seniors.")
Manager Rick Gifford explained that not applying for or getting a permanent
fund doesn't automatically disqualify someone from getting the property tax
-- (Tax 4 13 sec "You know they can check ... to get the information.")
amendment failed on a 5-1 vote against, while the ordinance passed by the same
margin, with Fulp voting no.