Sunday, February 06, 2011

Anchorage, Alaska 2011 Municipal Election: List Of Ballot Propositions Totalling Around $107 Million

Post updated March 13th to include links to three media stories.

Anchorage will hold its annual municipal election on Tuesday April 5th, 2011. Six Assembly seats and two School Board seats will be up for grabs, as well as a number of Limited Road Service Area (LRSA) seats. While Assembly members represent designated geographical districts, all school board seats are city-wide. The MOA Election Page provides all necessary information about the upcoming election, to include how to register to vote and what assembly district you live in. A list of Assembly and School Board candidates are provided in a separate post, and a list of candidate forums is also available. March 6th is the last day to register to vote in time for this election.

In addition, a number of ballot propositions will be presented. They consist of two propositions and eight general obligation bonds. The propositions have now been formally enumerated, and source documentation already exists and the links highlighted below. Bear in mind that while the MOA and ASD are asking us to take on additional obligations, ASD will have retired $190 million in previous bonds between April 2008, the last successful bond election, and April 2011. This list will be updated as needed, to include links to significant media stories.

Update March 8th: Anchorage Tomorrow recommends a Yes vote on Propositions 4, 5, and 6, and notes that the Municipality is scheduled to retire $26.1 million worth of existing General Obligation (GO) bonds in 2011, which equates to almost 72 percent of the proposed 2011 GO bond amount of $36.2 million. This offsets any increase incurred by the passage of the 2011 bonds.

Media Stories and Blog Posts:

-- "Service High Senior Speaks Out On School Bonds", KTVA Channel 11, February 25th 2011
-- "Addressing Alaskans: Muni Election 2011 Bonds & Propositions", KSKA 91.1FM, March 2nd 2011
-- "Local projects go before voters in April", Alaska Star, March 10th 2011. Reports the impact of the school bonds on Chugiak-Eagle River schools
-- "Voters To Choose Fate Of Downtown Parking Enforcement" (Prop. 10), KTVA Channel 11, March 25th 2011
-- "Anchorage School Board Candidates Declare Their Positions On The 2011 Anchorage School Bonds", March 27th 2011

A complete description of each proposition is also available on the Official Election Notice. Here is the initial list of propositions:

NOTE: If the eight G.O. Bonds below all pass, and you live within the designated service areas, and debt reimbursement for the three school bonds is applied, your total property tax increase will be $19.50 per $100,000 assessed value. That means if your home is worth $300,000, your property tax bill goes up by $58.50 per year.

-- PROPOSITION 1 - SERVICE HIGH SCHOOL RENEWAL GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS. Reference AO 2011-7. $37,132,000 of General Obligation Bonds to pay for a portion of the costs of additions to and renewals of Service High School and other educational capital improvements. The Project currently qualifies for a state grant of $21,000,000 based on $9,132,000 of the issuance and also 60% State debt reimbursement on $28,000,000 of the issuance (subject to annual legislative appropriation). Explanation of projects HERE. Annual property tax increase as follows:

---- With State Reimbursement: Annual increase in property taxes would be $5.19 per $100,000 assessed value to retire the bonds.
---- Without State reimbursement: Annual increase in taxes of approximately $9.47 per $100,000 assessed value to retire the bonds.

Service High senior Tessa Bay states her case in favor of Prop 1 HERE.


-- PROPOSITION 2 - EDUCATIONAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND FACILITY BUILDING LIFE EXTENSION AND DESIGN PROJECT BONDS. Reference AO 2011-8(S). $16,865,000 of General Obligation Bonds to pay for educational facility building life extension and design projects and other educational capital improvements within Anchorage. This includes design projects for the future renovation of Girdwood K-8 and Airport Heights, Gladys Wood and Inlet View Elementary Schools, as well as the design of career, technical and vocational education improvements for the West/Romig campus. The Projects currently qualify for 70% State debt reimbursement on $11,765,000 of the issuance and 60% State debt reimbursement on $5,100,000 of the issuance (subject to annual legislative appropriation). Annual property tax increase as follows:

---- With State Reimbursement: Annual increase in property taxes would be $1.52 per $100,000 assessed value to retire the bonds.
---- Without State Reimbursement: Annual increase in property taxes of $4.30 per $100,000 assessed value to retire the bonds.


-- PROPOSITION 3 - CAREER, TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL FACILITY EDUCATION UPGRADES PROJECT BONDS. Reference AO 2011-9(S). $17,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds to pay costs of upgrades at career, technical and vocational facilities at seven high schools, five middle schools and the King Career Center. The Projects currently qualify for 60% State debt reimbursement (subject to annual legislative appropriation). Annual property tax increase as follows:

---- With State Reimbursement: Annual increase in property taxes would be $1.30 per $100,000 assessed value to retire the bonds.
---- Without State Reimbursement: Annual increase in property taxes of $4.34 per $100,000 assessed value to retire the bonds.


-- PROPOSITION 4 - ANCHORAGE ROADS AND DRAINAGE SERVICE AREA ROAD AND STORM DRAINAGE BONDS. Reference AO 2011-10. $30,850,000 of General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of providing roads and storm drainage capital acquisition, construction, renovation, upgrades and related capital improvements. The proposed capital improvements would be located within the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area (ARDSA); only those who live within the boundaries of the ARDSA will see an increase in property taxes, although all voters in Anchorage will get to vote on this. Short list of proposed projects HERE. An annual increase in property tax of $10.00 per $100,000 assessed value will be levied upon ARDSA residents to retire the bonds.


-- PROPOSITION 5 - ANCHORAGE BOWL PARKS AND RECREATION SERVICE AREA CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS. Reference AO 2011-11. $3,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds to improve parks and trails, upgrade and improve football stadium concession and neighborhood parks and family recreation areas and recreation facilities, including the South Anchorage Sports Complex in the Anchorage Bowl Parks and Recreation Service Area (ABPRSA) and related capital improvements. An annual increase in property tax of $0.88 per $100,000 assessed value will be levied upon ABPRSA residents to retire the proposed bonds; no increase will be levied upon residents of Chugiak, Eagle River, Girdwood, and other areas outside the Service Area, although they will also get to vote on this.


-- PROPOSITION 6 - AREAWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY AND TRANSIT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS. Reference AO 2011-12. $941,000 of General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of providing public safety and transit upgrades, replace ambulances, support vehicles, bus stop improvements, transit fleet expansions and replacement and technology upgrades and related capital improvements within Anchorage. Short list of proposed projects HERE. An annual increase in property tax of $0.24 per $100,000 assessed value will be levied to retire the proposed bonds.


-- PROPOSITION 7 - ANCHORAGE FIRE SERVICE AREA FIRE PROTECTION BONDS. Reference AO 2011-13. $1,150,000 of General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of acquiring a replacement ladder truck and undertaking other related capital improvements within the Anchorage Fire Service Area (AFSA). An annual increase in property tax of $0.31 will be levied upon all AFSA residents to retire the bonds; no increase will be levied on residents outside the AFSA, although they will also get to vote on this.


-- PROPOSITION 8 - ANCHORAGE METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE AREA FACILITIES BONDS. Reference AO 2011-14(S). $250,000 of General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of providing improvements to public safety facilities and related police protection capital improvements in the Anchorage Metropolitan Police Service Area. An annual increase in property tax of approximately $0.06 will be levied to retire the proposed bonds.


-- PROPOSITION 9 - AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AMC SECTION 12.15.015; AND SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE A BALLOT PROPOSITION AUTHORIZING THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE TO GRANT A DISABLED VETERAN REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION TO AN ELIGIBLE WIDOW OR WIDOWER UNDER AGE 60, RETROACTIVE TO JANUARY 1, 2011. Reference AO 2011-16.


-- PROPOSITION 10 - SHALL ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL CHARTER ARTICLE XXI, MUNICIPAL VEHICLE CODE ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS, BE AMENDED TO AUTHORIZE A LIMITED DELEGATION OF DOWNTOWN PARKING VIOLATION ENFORCEMENT TO A MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY OR MUNICIPAL AGENCY ONLY FOR THE DOWNTOWN AREA BOUNDED BY SHIP CREEK ON THE NORTH, GAMBELL STREET ON THE EAST, 10TH AVENUE ON THE SOUTH, AND M STREET ON THE WEST? In short, a Yes vote will authorize the Municipality to transfer parking enforcement in this area from the Anchorage Police Department to an unspecified private parking authority. The private parking authority will not be allowed to cite anything other than parking violations. See the Official Election Notice for more details.


-- PROPOSITION 11 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY AT THE REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION ON APRIL 5, 2011, AN ADVISORY BALLOT PROPOSITION ON WHETHER THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE SHOULD REQUIRE MANDATORY PHOTO IDENTIFICATION FOR SALE OF ALCOHOL BY PACKAGE LIQUOR STORES. Reference AO 2011-18. This is an advisory vote only; it merely advises the Anchorage Assembly of the voters’ preference on mandatory photo identification when alcoholic beverages are purchased at a package liquor store, but no enabling legislation is enacted. Passage constitutes no guarantee that the Assembly will act upon the results.

---- Assemblyman Patrick Flynn discusses this proposition HERE.
---- Anchorage Press Feb. 3 story about this issue HERE.

2 comments:

  1. Now, the Jews have changed that human ethos to: “Be respectful of our cleverly contrived suffering so that we may rob you and profane you more easily.” Quite a drop in expectations, I’d say, yet another relevant barometric reading of the controlled devolution of humanity.

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  2. Ballots for municipal elections usually list candidates for several different positions. If a resident can vote for a mayor, two councillors, a school trustee, and a hydro commissioner, how many combinations of positions could the resident choose to mark on the ballot?

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