Election File, 2011
ITA Statement 9/16/2011
At the 25th Annual Interior Taxpayers’
Association’s Candidate’s Forum, two candidates packed the chamber with their
own supporters in a bid to manipulate the group’s endorsements. Due to
irregularities in the balloting, the ITA will not be making endorsements this
year. The forum was well attended and informative. ITA regrets this turn of
events and wants to thank the candidates for participating. ITA offers their
sincerest apology for this unexpected outcome to the candidates, to members who
listened and cast thoughtful votes, and to those who count on our endorsements
each year to help them choose fiscally responsible candidates.
As noted above, ITA will not endorse this year. If you
want to call Donna at (907) 452-4783 evenings (Alaska time) she will be happy to
share with you who she is voting for.
ITA then published dates for other ways to learn about the
candidates. We did not endorse any of them.
As a reminder, we will be voting our renewal of the Borough's Revenue Cap in
the 2012 election.
Why Do We Need a Revenue Tax Cap?
The Revenue Cap is something that affects each and every
person living in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. It is our revenue cap that
keeps property taxes from soaring higher every time the assembly wants to spend
some money without allowing you to vote.
* I AM A RENTER – DOES IT MATTER TO ME?
Although many renters believe that the Revenue Cap does not
affect them, you must remember that when your landlord receives a major tax
increase, that burden is passed on to you through increased rents.
* WHAT ABOUT THE MILITARY WHO DON’T OWN OR RENT?
Again, the tax cap affects everyone living in the
borough. While you may not rent or be a property owner, you will pay property
tax every time you shop in our local stores. This is because when store owners
are forced to pay a high property tax, they, in turn, pass that cost on to you,
* DIDN’T WE JUST DO THIS?
One of the questions most frequently asked of ITA is,
“Why must we go through this process every two years?” Good question! The simple
answer is – unlike the city, the borough does not have a charter where
iinitiatives become permanent law until changed by the voters. The borough is
governed by Alaska State Law Title 29, which clearly states:
Sec. 29.26.190. Effect. (a) The effect of an ordinance
or resolution may not be modified or negated within two years after its
effective date if adopted in an initiative election . . . Alaska Statutes Title
Put simply, this means that if we do not renew our cap
every two years by voter approval, it would take only 5 votes of the Borough
Assembly to either raise the cap or make it go away altogether.
* IS IT WORKING? DIDN’T MY TAXES JUST GO UP?
Your property taxes have increased over the years!
However, due to the tax cap, only a very minimal part of that increase is due to
growth in borough government. The majority of this increase has been due to
VOTER APPROVED BOND ISSUES, i.e. library expansion, new grade schools, tens of
millions in high school renovations, solid waste bonds…the list goes on and on.
The tax cap itself protects you ONLY against unwanted growth in government.
Paid for by The Interior Taxpayers' Association,
Donna Gilbert, President, Box 71892, Fairbanks, AK 99707 (907) 452-4783.
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