2nd Class City
in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (katch' uh mack)
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
- Senate District
- House District
- Judicial District
- Recording District
Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- City Hall, Playground, Tennis Courts. Sewer and Fire are contracted to the Homer.
Geography and Climate
- Kachemak is on the East Road, adjacent to Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula. It is on the northern shore of Kachemak Bay.
- Winter temperatures average 14 to 27 °F; summer temperatures typically range from 45 to 65 °F. Average annual precipitation is 24 inches.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- According to W.H. Dall of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, "Ka" means water, "chek" means cliff, and "mak" is a suffix meaning high, great, or large. It is a Native name, first published in 1847 on a Russian hydrological chart. The city was incorporated in 1961 and is presently a Second Class City adjoining the eastern boundary of the City of Homer. At time of incorporation, residents were mainly homesteaders and commercial fishermen, but Kachemak has since become a community whose residents are variously employed in the economy of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, or are retired.
- Kachemak is a non-Native community.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- Not required to exercise the powers in any circumstance, but may be permitted in all cases in the manner described for first class cities.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 20 mills, except where a higher levy is required to avoid default. Voter approval required.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes; however, voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 7 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected from the city council for a 1-year term, unless a longer term is provided by ordinance. Mayor selected by council (or by voters upon adoption of ordinance).
- Vote by Mayor
- Votes on all matters.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Does not have veto power.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted, but requires voter approval.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- May not adopt home-rule charter without first reclassifying to a first-class city.
- Local roads connect Kachemak to the Sterling Highway. Nearby Homer has an airport, harbor/dock, and state ferry access. Kachemak City's roads are all public access roads that are maintained by the State or by neighborhood associations. The city does subsidize maintenance and improvement of privately maintained roads by partially reimbursing the neighborhood associations, on a matching grant basis, for work they accomplish.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection