October will see a question on the ballot that would exempt Kodiak Island
Borough elected officials and candidates for office from filing new, more
comprehensive financial disclosure forms required by the state.
called the new forms intrusive, and Borough Clerk Nova Javier says
some communities are seeing declining interest in public office because of
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school board president Betty Odell told KMXT in March that the intrusiveness of
the new forms is causing her to rethink running for re-election.
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“… don’t know if I’m going to go there or not.”)
Javier said the requirements of the new ethics law took municipal
officials by surprise when they first found out about it at the Alaska
Municipal League meetings last fall:
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officials, but that is not the case.”)
requirements would make candidates and elected officials not only report their
and their spouse’s finances, but those of their children, too, whether they are
still dependents or not.
there’s the Internet:
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going to be listed and are going to be online also.”)
way the borough can exempt its officials and candidates from filing the new
reports is by a vote of the people. The city of Kodiak made that change several
question would not keep local officials from reporting at all, it would just
allow them to file the old form with the borough, instead of the new form with
the state. The forms would still be available for public review in the borough
assembly is expected to approve the ballot measure at Thursday night’s meeting,
which can be heard live here on KMXT.