TO: Walt Wrede, City Manager
FROM: Carey Meyer, Public Works Director
DATE: April 20, 2010
RE: Kachemak Drive Water and Sewer Assessment District Request for Exemption to Pay Assessment
The Homer City Council passed resolution 05-50(A) that established the potential need for exempting certain lands that are owned by certain organizations from road/water/sewer assessments on a case by case basis. The resolution in part declared that:
The Homer City Council has, in the past, exempted certain non-profit entities from Homer Accelerated Roads Program (HARP) and Homer Accelerated Water and Sewer Program (HAWSP) Assessments; and
The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and Kachemak Moose Habitat, Inc. are non-profit organizations under the 501(c)(3) provisions; and provide essential services to the Homer Community; and
That the City Council may decide that certain lands preserved in their entirety for public purpose shall be exempt from HARP and HAWSP Assessment District Assessments on a case by case basis.
Kachemak Moose Habitat, Inc. owns a lot within the Kachemak Drive (Phase II) Water and Sewer assessment district (KPB tax ID # 179-100-17; Government Lot 51, west of Kachemak Drive). The organization has requested an exemption to the requirement that they be responsible for a water and sewer assessment. They are a non-profit, and although a conservation easement has not been placed on the property, their mission is to preserve land for public purposes (protect moose habitat).
The City Council consider exempting Kachemak Moose Habitat, Inc. from being required to pay a water or sewer assessment for Government Lot 51, west of Kachemak Drive (KPB tax ID# 179-100-17) as part of the Kachemak Drive (Phase II) Water and Sewer assessment district until such a time as the lot is developed and a structure is constructed on the lot by passing an appropriate resolution.