Kenai Peninsula Borough - Frequently Asked Questions

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    NOTICE - PLEASE READ

    A convenience fee will be charged for using your credit card.

    You are probably aware that any merchant who offers credit cards as a payment option must pay a "discount fee" to the credit card companies (i.e. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), which is a percentage of each transaction.  Whether the merchant is Safeway, Fred Meyer, or Amazon.com - the bank charges that fee to the merchant.  Those merchants simply build that fee into their cost of doing business.

    If the Finance Department were to pay that fee it would mean an increase in the departments budget - which directly translates into an increase in the tax rate - which is an increase in taxes for you.  The Borough in a sense would be asking taxpayers who pay their tax bill by cash or a check to subsidize those taxpayers who pay their taxes by credit card. Therefore, it was decided to use an outside vendor so that people who wanted the convenience of using a credit card would have that option, but they would pay for the convenience rather than passing the fee along to all taxpayers.

    Just so you will know, the Kenai Peninsula Borough receives none of the convenience fee.  It is used by the vendor to pay the discount fee plus their cost of providing the service.  The vendor has paid for all costs of developing and maintaining our credit card programs.   This method of using an outside vendor and charging a convenience fee is widely used throughout the U.S. because it involves no cost to local government.  The company who provides our service also provides the credit card program to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Many taxpayers prefer this option because the convenience fee helps them accumulate frequent flyer miles on their credit card account and/or defer their payment for up to 30 days.

    There is an additional payment option you may want to consider for the future that does not cost you anything, and that is our E-Check where it is withdrawn from your checking account after the information provided is verified from your financial institution.  You may already be paying other things this way (i.e. insurance, utilities, etc.).  Taxpayers love this option and it makes our job easier, too.

    NOTICE - PLEASE READ

    A convenience fee will be charged for using your credit card.

    You are probably aware that any merchant who offers credit cards as a payment option must pay a "discount fee" to the credit card companies (i.e. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), which is a percentage of each transaction.  Whether the merchant is Safeway, Fred Meyer, or Amazon.com - the bank charges that fee to the merchant.  Those merchants simply build that fee into their cost of doing business.

    If the Finance Department were to pay that fee it would mean an increase in the departments budget - which directly translates into an increase in the tax rate - which is an increase in taxes for you.  The Borough in a sense would be asking taxpayers who pay their tax bill by cash or a check to subsidize those taxpayers who pay their taxes by credit card. Therefore, it was decided to use an outside vendor so that people who wanted the convenience of using a credit card would have that option, but they would pay for the convenience rather than passing the fee along to all taxpayers.

    Just so you will know, the Kenai Peninsula Borough receives none of the convenience fee.  It is used by the vendor to pay the discount fee plus their cost of providing the service.  The vendor has paid for all costs of developing and maintaining our credit card programs.   This method of using an outside vendor and charging a convenience fee is widely used throughout the U.S. because it involves no cost to local government.  The company who provides our service also provides the credit card program to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Many taxpayers prefer this option because the convenience fee helps them accumulate frequent flyer miles on their credit card account and/or defer their payment for up to 30 days.

    There is an additional payment option you may want to consider for the future that does not cost you anything, and that is our E-Check where it is withdrawn from your checking account after the information provided is verified from your financial institution.  You may already be paying other things this way (i.e. insurance, utilities, etc.).  Taxpayers love this option and it makes our job easier, too.

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    Bid registration and bid procedures will be explained prior to the beginning of the auction.

    The successful bidder is required to make a minimum down payment of ten percent (10%) of the bid amount or $350.00, whichever is greater, prior to the close of the auction.  The balance must be paid in full no later than approximately two weeks after the auction (exact date will be stated in brochure).  All payments will be made with cash, personal check, cashier’s check, or money order.  In the event the balance is not paid in full by the stated due date in the brochure, the down payment will be forfeited and the parcel will be added to the Borough’s parcel inventory for later disposition.

    Bid registration and bid procedures will be explained prior to the beginning of the auction.

    The successful bidder is required to make a minimum down payment of ten percent (10%) of the bid amount or $350.00, whichever is greater, prior to the close of the auction.  The balance must be paid in full no later than approximately two weeks after the auction (exact date will be stated in brochure).  All payments will be made with cash, personal check, cashier’s check, or money order.  In the event the balance is not paid in full by the stated due date in the brochure, the down payment will be forfeited and the parcel will be added to the Borough’s parcel inventory for later disposition.

    Mail Property Tax Payment

    Kenai Peninsula Borough
    PO Box 3040
    Soldotna, Alaska  99669
    Email: taxquestions
    @borough.kenai.ak.us

    Kenai Peninsula Borough
    PO Box 3040
    Soldotna, Alaska  99669
    Email: taxquestions
    @borough.kenai.ak.us

    Payment Information

    Please note that a convenience fee does apply for credit card payments.

    • E-Check transactions are free. 
    • Credit card fee is
      2.35% of the tax amount paid.

    NOTE: Convenience fees are charged and collected by our payment processor- FIS Global.

     

    Please note that a convenience fee does apply for credit card payments.

    • E-Check transactions are free. 
    • Credit card fee is
      2.35% of the tax amount paid.

    NOTE: Convenience fees are charged and collected by our payment processor- FIS Global.

     

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    The Kenai Peninsula Borough Finance Department makes every effort to produce and publish the most current and accurate information possible. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the data herein, its use, or its interpretation. If you have any questions, please contact us at (907) 714-2304 or taxquestions@borough.kenai.ak.us

    The Kenai Peninsula Borough Finance Department makes every effort to produce and publish the most current and accurate information possible. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the data herein, its use, or its interpretation. If you have any questions, please contact us at (907) 714-2304 or taxquestions@borough.kenai.ak.us