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2005 Ballot Propositions

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Proposition 1 - Property Tax Exemption

APPROVING AN OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION OF TEN PERCENT OF THE ASSESSED VALUE, UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $20,000 ON ASSESSED VALUE, SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM PROPERTY TAXATION, EFFECTIVE IN TAX YEAR 2005.

Shall ten percent of the assessed value of owner-occupied residential real property, up to a maximum of $20,000 of assessed value, be exempt from property taxation, effective in tax year 2005?

If the tax exemption is approved, the property tax exemption for owner-occupied residential real property will begin in tax year 2005. (AO 2004-167)

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage.

Proposition 2 - Convention Center

THIS PROPOSITION APPROVES THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENTS TO THE ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL CHARTER:

1. PROHIBITS THE USE OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUES FOR ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A CONVENTION CENTER (CHARTER §14.04); and

2. ADOPTS A FOUR PER CENT (4%) HOTEL, MOTEL AND BED & BREAKFAST (B&B) ROOM TAX TO FUND A NEW CIVIC AND CONVENTION CENTER (CHARTER §14.05); and

3. AUTHORIZES USE OF THE 4% ROOM TAX PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT ISSUANCE OF REVENUE BONDS TO FINANCE CONSTRUCTION OF A CONVENTION CENTER, AND RENOVATION OF THE EGAN CIVIC & CONVENTION CENTER (CHARTER §14.05); and

4. PROVIDES FOR AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE ROOM TAX IF APPROVED BY A MAJORITY (50% + 1) OF THE QUALIFIED VOTERS VOTING ON THE QUESTION (CHARTER ARTICLE II (4) and CHARTER §14.01(b).

Shall the Anchorage Municipal Charter be amended by adding the following two new sections to Article XIV:

Section 14.04Prohibition on Use of Property Taxes for Convention Center.

Property taxes shall not be used to finance the acquisition, construction, operation or maintenance of a new civic and convention center.

Section 14.05 Hotel Motel and Bed & Breakfast Room Tax.

There is hereby levied a tax on all hotel, motel and bed & breakfast room rents in an amount equal to four percent (4%) of the room rent paid to an operator.

1. Revenues received from this tax are dedicated to financing the design, site acquisition, construction, landscaping, bonded debt service or lease payments, carrying costs, and operation of a new civic and convention center, including parking facilities and renovation and operation of the existing Egan Civic and Convention Center.

2. If bonds are issued to finance the acquisition and construction of a new civic and convention center, the revenue derived from this tax shall first be used to pay annual principal, interest and other carrying costs of said bonds, until such bonds are paid in full.

B. The Assembly shall enact such additional provisions, not inconsistent with this section, as necessary or desirable to implement this section. Such enactments may include provisions to terminate or reduce the tax upon payment of all bond principal, interest and carrying costs, and appropriation of tax revenues, if any, excess to payment of the principal and interest on the bonds and support for operation of the convention center.

And amending Anchorage Municipal Charter, Article II (4), and Charter §14.01(b) as follows:

ARTICLE II BILL OF RIGHTS

This Charter guarantees rights to the people of Anchorage that are in addition to rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Alaska. Among rights guaranteed by this Charter are:

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(4) the right of immunity from sales taxes, except upon approval by three-fifths (3/5) of the qualified voters voting on the question, except the tax imposed by Charter §14.05 shall be effective if approved by a majority (50% + one) of the qualified voters voting on the question.

Section 14.01 Taxing Authority

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(b) No sales tax ordinance is valid until ratified by three-fifths (3/5) of those voting on the question at a regular or special election, except the tax imposed by Charter §14.05 shall be effective if approved by a majority (50% + one) of the qualified voters voting on the question.

If approved by the voters at the April 5, 2005 Regular Election, this proposition shall be effective for the April 5, 2005 Regular Election, and may affect the results of that election. (AO 2005-17)

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage.

Proposition 3 - Museum Expansion

SHALL THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE ACCEPT A GIFT OF FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS ($50,000,000) FROM THE ANCHORAGE MUSEUM FOUNDATION AND TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ($25,000,000) IN STATE AND FEDERAL GRANTS FOR EXPANSION OF THE ANCHORAGE MUSEUM AND APPROVE THE USE OF NEW TAX REVENUES, NOT TO EXCEED ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,250,000) BEGINNING IN 2006 TO PAY FOR OPERATION OF THE MUSEUM.

Shall the Municipality accept a gift from the Anchorage Museum Foundation of fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) and state and federal grants totaling approximately twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) for expansion and renovation of the Anchorage Museum, and dedicate new tax revenues, not to exceed one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,250,000) beginning in 2006 and adjusted annually thereafter in accordance with the inflation and population escalator set forth in the tax cap (Anchorage Municipal Code Section 12.25.040), to fund additional operating costs of the Museum?

Voter approval of this proposition authorizes an initial annual increase in taxes of approximately $5.10 for each $100,000 of assessed value based on the estimated 2006 areawide assessed valuation. (AO 2005-5)

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage.

Proposition 4 - Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area Road and Storm Drainage Bonds

Shall Anchorage borrow up to $44,500,000 through the issuance of general obliga­tion bonds to pay costs of roadway improvements, roadway safety improvements, drainage collection, drainage treatment and related capital improve­ments and increase the municipal tax cap by an annual amount not to exceed $455,000 to pay the associated annual operations and maintenance costs?

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed taxable property value (based on the estimated 2005 as­sessed valuation in the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $19.89 to retire the pro­posed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase necessary to fund the proposed increase in the municipal tax cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $2.48 to pay for annual operations and maintenance costs related to the proposed capital improvements.

The debt shall be paid from real and personal property taxes levied and collected within the Anchorage Roads and Drain­age Service Area. Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the debt. (AO 2005-10(S))

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage and all qualified voters residing within the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area.

Proposition 5 - Public Transportation Bond

Shall Anchorage borrow up to $1,930,000 through the issuance of general obligation bonds to provide the required local match to secure Federal grants of approximately $7,720,000 from the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration and to pay costs of public transportation upgrades and related public transportation improvements within Anchorage and, increase the municipal tax cap by an annual amount not to exceed $141,200 to pay associated annual operations and maintenance costs?

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed taxable property value (based on the estimated 2005 assessed valuation areawide in Anchorage): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $0.68 to retire the pro­posed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase necessary to fund the proposed increase in the municipal tax cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $0.61 to pay for annual operations and maintenance costs related to the proposed capital improvements.

The debt will be paid from real and personal property taxes levied and collected areawide in Anchorage. Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the debt. (AO 2005-11)

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage.

Proposition 6 - Ambulences and Capital Improvement Bonds

Shall Anchorage borrow up to $480,000 through the issuance of general obliga­tion bonds to pay for ambulances and related capital improve­ments within Anchorage?

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed taxable property value (based on the estimated total 2005 areawide assessed valuation in Anchorage) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $0.17 to retire the pro­posed debt.

The debt shall be paid from real and personal property taxes levied and collected areawide within Anchor­age. Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the bonds. (AO 2005-12)

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage.

Proposition 7 - South Goldenview Mill Levy

APPROVING AN IMPOSITION OF A MAXIMUM MILL LEVY OF 1.80 MILLS FOR THE SOUTH GOLDENVIEW LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA (LRSA) FOR YEAR ROUND ROAD MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS, EFFECTIVE RETROACTIVELY AS OF JANUARY 1, 2005.

Shall a maximum mill levy of 1.80 mills be imposed for the South Goldenview Limited Road Service Area (LRSA) for year round road maintenance and repair services, effective retroactively as of January 1, 2005?

If the maximum mill levy is approved, the South Goldenview LRSA property owners will pay up to a maximum of 1.80 mills for road maintenance and repairs beginning with tax year 2005. (AO 2004-137)

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the South Goldenview Limited Road Service Area

Proposition 8 - Paradise Valley South Mill Levy

APPROVING AN IMPOSITION OF A MAXIMUM MILL LEVY OF 2.00 MILLS FOR THE PARADISE VALLEY SOUTH LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA (LRSA) FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE, EFFECTIVE RETROACTIVELY AS OF JANUARY 1, 2005.

Shall a maximum mill levy of 2.00 mills be imposed for the Paradise Valley South LRSA for road maintenance services, effective retroactively as of January 1, 2005?

If the maximum mill levy is approved, the Paradise Valley South LRSA property owners will pay up to a maximum 2.00 mills for road maintenance beginning with tax year 2005. (AO 2004-159)

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Paradise Valley South Limited Road Service Area.

Proposition 9 - Girdwood Valley Service Area Mill Levy

TO ESTABLISH A MAXIMUM ATTAINABLE MILL LEVY RATE OF 6.00 MILLS FOR THE GIRDWOOD VALLEY SERVICE AREA FOR STREET CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE, SOLID WASTE COLLECTION, FIRE PROTECTION, AND PARKS AND RECREATION SERVICES.

Shall the Girdwood Valley Service Area (GVSA) establish a maximum attainable mill levy rate, effective January 1, 2005, not to exceed 6.00 mills? (AO 2005-16 (S))

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Girdwood Valley Service Area.

Proposition 10 - Chugiak Fire Service Area

TO ESTABLISH A MAXIMUM ATTAINABLE MILL LEVY RATE NOT TO EXCEED 1.00 MILLS FOR THE CHUGIAK FIRE SERVIVCE AREA (CFSA) EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2005.

Shall a maximum attainable mill levy for the Chugiak Fire Service Area be established at a rate not to exceed 1.00 mills in any calendar year, effective January 1, 2005. (AO 2005-22) as amended

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Chugiak Fire Service Area.<