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2007 Ballot Propositions

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PROPOSITION 1 - REFERENDUM TO REPEAL AO 2006-86(S) SECOND HAND SMOKE ORDINANCE

Shall Anchorage Ordinance AO 2006-86(S), relating to a prohibition of smoking in public places, to extend second hand smoke control, be repealed?

Summary of Economic EffectsProposition 1 – Referendum to RepealAO 2006-86(S) Secondhand Smoke Ordinance

Summary of Economic Effects

In 2000, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance (AO 2000-91(S)) that banned smoking in most employment and public places in the city. However, this law did not prohibit smoking in: private residences; places of employment with four or fewer employees; one quarter of the hotel and motel rooms rented to guests; retail tobacco shops; restaurants, hotel and motel conference and meeting rooms used for private functions; and bars.

In 2006, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance (AO 2006-86(S)) that expands the smoking ban. The new ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2007, and will prohibit smoking in: enclosed areas in private residences when child care is provided for a fee; any place of employment with one or more employees; bars; retail tobacco shops; private clubs that are open to the public; private residences when providing child care services for a fee; within 50 feet of the entrance to any hospital or clinic; or within 20 feet of Municipal and School District office buildings.

The purpose of the expanded smoking ban is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke could have two general types of economic effects:

1) Health Costs: Exposure to secondhand smoke is linked to lung cancer, heart disease, and lung and bronchial infections. Expanding the smoking ban would reduce the likelihood of some adults and children contracting diseases caused by secondhand smoke, and would reduce health care cost to treat the diseases. It would reduce the costs of lost work time due to smoking-related diseases. It would reduce insurance premiums paid by all insurance subscribers who, directly or indirectly, pay higher premiums for costs of smoke-related diseases. Reduced health costs related to further limits on secondhand smoke exposure will not be realized if Proposition 1 is approved.

There are no direct measures of the expected economic benefits of expanding the Anchorage smoking ban.

2)Business Impacts: Some local business owners, including non-profits, bingo halls, bars and tobacco shops testified before the Anchorage Assembly that they believed the expanded smoking ban would have a negative economic impact on them.

There are no direct measures of the revenue or employment impacts on businesses of expanding the smoking ban. However, a study by the University of Alaska Anchoragelooked at the effects on business from the 2001 smoking ban. That study found that, after the ban became effective, there were no significant economic effects on employment in the hospitality industry as a whole (see their report “Review of Municipality of Anchorage Chapter 16.65 – Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places.” at http://www.ichs.uaa.alaska.edu/research/archives_smoking_moa.htm

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

PROPOSITION 2 - ANCHORAGE PARKS AND RECREATION SERVICE AREA CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS

To improve parks and trails, protect water quality in creeks and streams, upgrade, construct and equip parks, provide playground and family recreation areas and recreational facilities, shall Anchorage borrow money by issuing bonds in principal amount not to exceed $4,995,000 and increase the municipal tax cap by an amount up to $450,000 to pay for associated annual operations and maintenance costs? The proposed capital improvements would be located within the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area. The debt shall be first paid from real and personal property taxes levied and collected within the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area, without cost to properties in Chugiak, Eagle River, Girdwood and other areas outside the Service Area.

Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the bonds.

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed taxable property value (based on the estimated total 2007 assessed valuation in the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $1.62 to retire the proposed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase in the municipal tax cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $1.78 to pay for annual operation and maintenance costs related to the proposed capital improvements.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage and all qualified voters residing within the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area. (AO 2007-28 as amended)

PROPOSITION 3 - AREAWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS

For the purpose of providing public safety upgrades, including acquisition of ambulances, areawide communication upgrades, emergency signal system preemption and public transportation vehicles and related capital improvements, shall Anchorage issue up to $5,700,000 in principal amount of general obligation bonds and increase the municipal tax cap by an amount not to exceed $200,000 to pay annual operations and maintenance costs? The proposed capital improvements would be located within Anchorage.

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed taxable property value (based on the estimated total 2007 areawide assessed valuation in Anchorage) (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $1.60 to retire the proposed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase in the Municipal Tax Cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $0.68 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 areawide within Anchorage. Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the bonds.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2007-29 as amended)

PROPOSITION 4 - CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL RENEWAL AND REPLACEMENT BONDS

Shall Anchorage borrow up to $65,000,000 through the issuance of general obligation bonds to pay for renewal and replacement of Clark Middle School within Anchorage, as provided in Ordinance No. AO 2006‑180(S) and increase the municipal tax cap by an amount of $425,000 to pay for associated annual operations and maintenance costs? The project currently qualifies for 60% State debt reimbursement (subject to annual Legislative appropriation as described below.)

The general obligation bond proceeds will be used to pay costs of demolition, planning, designing, acquiring property for, site preparation, constructing, acquiring, renovating, installing and equipping educational capital improvement projects, but not limited to the project described above.

The project currently qualifies for 60% State debt reimbursement. If the State chooses to make full reimbursement, the annual increase in taxes would be $7.57 to retire the proposed bonds (based on $100,000 of 2007 real and personal property value). State reimbursement is subject to annual Legislative appropriation.

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed real and personal property value (based on the estimated 2007 assessed valuation): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $18.93 to retire the proposed bonds (subject to reduction with State reimbursement money), and (ii) an annual increase in the municipal tax cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $1.51 to pay for annual operation 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.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2006-180(S))

PROPOSITION 5 - EDUCATIONAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS DISTRICTWIDE MAJOR BUILDING SYSTEMS RENEWAL BONDS

Shall Anchorage borrow up to $20,000,000 through the issuance of general obligation bonds to pay for educational capital improvements for Districtwide major building systems renewal within Anchorage, as provided in Ordinance No. AO 2006-181(S)? The projects currently qualify for 70% State debt reimbursement (subject to annual Legislative appropriation as described below).

The general obligation bond proceeds will be used to pay costs of planning, design, site preparation, constructing, renovating, installing and equipping educational capital improvement projects within Anchorage. The proposed educational capital improvement projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

Projects: Districtwide Code/Hazmat/ADA/Sprinkler ProjectsDistrictwide Roof Replacement and RepairsMulti-School Security System UpgradesEmergency Communications Systems – High SchoolsDistrictwide Building Renewal ProjectsDistrictwide Electrical ProjectsDistrictwide Mechanical ProjectsDistrictwide Traffic Safety Projects

The projects currently qualify for 70% State debt reimbursement. If the State chooses to make full reimbursement, the annual increase in taxes would be $1.75 to retire the proposed bonds (based on $100,000 of 2007 real and personal property value). State reimbursement is subject to annual Legislative appropriation.

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed real and personal property value (based on the estimated 2007 assessed valuation) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $5.83 (subject to reduction with State reimbursement money) to retire the proposed bonds.

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.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2006-181(S))

PROPOSITION 6 - ANCHORAGE ROADS AND DRAINAGE SERVICEAREA ROAD AND STORM DRAINAGE BONDS

For the purpose of providing streets and roads improvements, streets and roads safety improvements, drainage collection, drainage treatment and related capital improvements, shall Anchorage borrow money and issue up to $35,550,000 in principal amount of general obligation bonds and increase the municipal tax cap by an annual amount not to exceed $685,000 to pay the associated annual operations and maintenance costs? The proposed capital improvements would be located within the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area. The debt shall be first paid from real and personal property taxes levied and collected within the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area, without cost to properties in Chugiak, Eagle River, Girdwood and other areas outside the Service Area.

Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the debt.

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed taxable property value (based on the estimated 2007 assessed valuation in the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $12.74 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 $2.99 to pay for annual operations and maintenance costs related to the proposed capital improvements.

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. (AO 2007-33 as amended)

PROPOSITION 7 - ANCHORAGE FIRE SERVICE AREA FIRE PROTECTION BONDS

For the purpose of providing fire protection capital improvements in the Anchorage Fire Service Area, shall Anchorage borrow money and issue up to $3,075,000 in principal amount of general obligation bonds and increase the municipal tax cap by an annual amount not to exceed $2,249,100 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 2007 assessed valuation in the Anchorage Fire Service Area): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $0.92 to retire the proposed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase in the Municipal Tax Cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $8.19 to pay for annual operations and maintenance costs related to the proposed capital improvements.

The debt shall be first paid from real and personal property taxes levied and collected within the Anchorage Fire Service Area, without cost to properties in Chugiak, Girdwood and other areas outside the Service Area.

Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the bonds.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage and all qualified voters residing within the Anchorage Fire Service Area. (AO 2007-30 as amended)

PROPOSITION 8 - APPROVING A LONG-TERM, NON EXCLUSIVE LEASE OF THE WILLIAM C. CHAMBERLIN EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN RUTH ARCAND PARK, TRACT D, WITH THE RAINBOW CONNECTION THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAM AND ANCHORAGE HORSE COUNCIL, TWO NON-PROFIT CORPORATIONS, FOR THE PURPOSE OF OPERATING, UPGRADING AND MAINTAINING PUBLIC EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES AND PROVIDING THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACKRIDING FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Shall the Municipality of Anchorage enter into a long-term, non-exclusive lease of the William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center in Ruth Arcand Park, Tract D, with Rainbow Connection Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program and Anchorage Horse Council, two non-profit organizations, for the purpose of operating, upgrading and maintaining public equestrian facilities and providing therapeutic horseback riding facilities and programs for people with disabilities upon approval by a majority of the voters at no cost to the taxpayers?

Property affected by this proposition is located in Ruth Arcand Park, described more specifically as the Section Sixteen Equestrian Center, also known as William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center, Tract D, Section Sixteen Subdivision, according to Plat 86-124, Anchorage Recording District, Third Judicial District at Anchorage, Alaska.

The taxpayers of the Municipality of Anchorage do not incur an increase in property taxes as a result of this lease, and any operations, upgrades and improvements constructed during the lease by Rainbow Connection and Anchorage Horse Council shall belong to the Municipality of Anchorage at the end of the lease.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2007-26(S) as amended)

PROPOSITION 9 - A DISPOSAL BY EXCHANGE FOR FAIR MARKET VALUE OF ONE ACRE MORE OR LESS OF DEDICATED MUNICIPAL PARK LAND IN JACOBSON PARK, LOCATED IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT A-1, COLLEGE VILLAGE #9 SUBDIVISION, FOR LOT 14, BLOCK 14, COLLEGE VILLAGE #9 SUBDIVISION

Shall the Municipality of Anchorage dispose of approximately one acre of dedicated municipal park land from the southwest corner of Tract A-1, Jacobson Park, located on 36th Avenue, for a one-half acre residential lot known as Lot 14, Block 14. When transferred, Lot 14 will be dedicated as park land, added to Jacobson Park, and preserved in perpetuity. The land exchange shall be based upon fair market values estimated by appraisal.

The Alaska Jewish Historical Museum and Community Center proposes to use the one-acre parcel of park land for public parking and access to Jacobson Park, and for private parking for new facilities. The exchange of the two (2) parcels is conditioned upon all required public approvals for the new facility being obtained from all federal, state and local agencies including, without limitation, a wet lands analysis with consideration of drainage and water levels in Otis Lake and the adjacent neighborhood as required for a permit from the Corps of Engineers; a Traffic Impact Analysis including consideration of pedestrian access to and from David Green Park; a Site Plan review by Planning and Zoning including a parking analysis; and Building permit review and issuance of all required building permits. Upon completion of the land exchange, the Alaska Jewish Historical Museum and Community Center agrees to donate $100,000 to the Municipality for park and trail improvements in Jacobson Park.

There is no cost to the taxpayers and no decrease in property values result from this exchange.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage, (AO 2007-32 as amended)

PROPOSITION 10 - CHARTER AMENDMENT TO SYNCHRONIZE APPORTIONMENT UNDER THE CHARTER WITH CURRENT STATE LAW AND ADOPTION OF FINAL STATE REDISTRICTING PLAN

Shall Anchorage Municipal Charter Section 4.01 be amended to synchronize apportionment under the Charter with current state law as follows: (Underlined words are added. [Bracketed words are deleted]. Plain text is unchanged).

Section 4.01. Power, composition and apportionment.

The legislative power of Anchorage is vested in an assembly of 11 members. Election districts, if established, shall be formed of compact and contiguous territory containing as nearly as practicable a relatively integrated socioeconomic area. The assembly shall be reapportioned whenever it becomes malapportioned. The assembly shall determine and declare by resolution whether or not it is malapportioned within two months [30 days] from:

(1) Adoption of a final state redistricting plan under art. VI, sec. 10, Constitution of the State of Alaska [receipt of the final report of each federal decennial census, including any supplementary data necessary to establish population distribution within the municipality];

If the assembly determines it is malapportioned, it shall, within six [five] months of the determination, reapportion itself in the manner provided by law.

Pursuant to Anchorage Ordinance No. 2006-154, amendment of Charter Section 4.01, to synchronize apportionment under the Charter with current state law and adoption of a final state redistricting plan, shall be incorporated into the Home Rule Charter only if approved by a majority of the qualified voters in the Municipality of Anchorage voting on the question in this election.

To be voted upon by all qualified voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2006-154 as amended)

PROPOSITION 11 - APPROVING ANNEXATION OF THE SHANGRI-LA EAST SUBDIVISION-PHASE II AND HORACE SUBDIVISION-TRACT 1 TO THE SOUTH GOLDENVIEW LRSA AND AMENDING THE SOUTH GOLDENVIEW LRSA BOUNDARIES IN ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 27.30.700, EFFECTIVE RETROACTIVE TO JANUARY 1, 2007.

Shall the South Goldenview LRSA boundaries be amended by annexing the Shangri-La East Subdivision-Phase II and Horace Subdivision-Tract 1 to the South Goldenview LRSA and amending Anchorage Municipal Code section 27.30.700, effective retroactive to January 1, 2007?

The roads affected are Mountain Air Drive, Undetermined name road, Mountain Breeze Drive, Mountain Shadow Drive and Moonlight Circle within the Shangri-La East Subdivision-Phase II and Horace Subdivision-Tract 1.

The existing mill rate in the South Goldenview LRSA is 1.80 mills. Property owners within the Shangri-La East Subdivision-Phase II and Horace Subdivision-Tract 1 will incur an increase in property taxes beginning with the tax year 2007.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the South Goldenview Limited Road Service Area.(AO 2007-3)

PROPOSITION 12 - APPROVING THE CONVERSION OF THE SOUTH GOLDENVIEW LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA TO THE SOUTH GOLDENVIEW RURAL ROAD SERVICE AREA RETROACTIVE TO JANUARY 1, 2007.

Shall the South Goldenview Limited Road Service Area (LRSA) be converted to the South Goldenview Rural Road Service Area (RRSA) retroactive to January 1, 2007?

The roads affected are all roads within the South Goldenview LRSA. The intent is to provide needed road construction, road upgrades and improve drainage systems and improvements to reduce long-term road maintenance costs, maintain year round drivable roads and alleviate any unsafe road environment. This proposition does not authorize the RRSA to construct sidewalks, paved pathways, curbs, gutters or street lighting.

The existing mill rate in the South Goldenview LRSA is 1.80 mills. Property owners within the South Goldenview RRSA will not incur any increase in property taxes due to the conversion of the South Goldenview LRSA to the South Goldenview RRSA.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the South Goldenview Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-4)

PROPOSITION 13 - APPROVING THE ANNEXATION OF CROSS ESTATES SUBDIVISION TO THE TALUS WEST LRSA AND AMENDING TALUS WEST LRSA BOUNDARIES IN ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 27.30.700, EFFECTIVE RETROACTIVE TO JANUARY 1, 2007.

Shall the Talus West LRSA boundaries be amended by annexing the Cross Estates Subdivision to the Talus West LRSA and amend Anchorage Municipal Code section 27.30.700, effective retroactive to January 1, 2007?

The roads affected are the roads within the Cross Estates Subdivision, namely:

Heritage Heights Drive, Higher Heritage Circle, and Lower Heritage Circle

The existing mill rate in the Talus West LRSA is 1.30 mills. Property owners within the Cross Estates Subdivision will incur an increase in property taxes beginning with tax year 2007.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Talus West Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-5)

PROPOSITION 14 - CONTINUATION OF THE LAKEHILL LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Lakehill Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Lakehill Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-8)

PROPOSITION 15 - CONTINUATION OF THE MOUNTAIN PARK ESTATES LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Mountain Park Estates Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Mountain Parks Estates Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-9)

PROPOSITION 16 - CONTINUATION OF THE MOUNTAIN PARK/ROBIN HILL LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Mountain Park/Robin Hill Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Mountain Park/Robin Hill Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-10)

PROPOSITION 17 - CONTINUATION OF THE PARADISE VALLEY SOUTH LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Paradise Valley South Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within Paradise Valley South Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-11)

PROPOSITION 18 - CONTINUATION OF THE RABBIT CREEK VIEW AND RABBIT CREEK HEIGHTS LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Rabbit Creek View and Rabbit Creek Heights Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Rabbit Creek View and Rabbit Creek Heights Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-12)

PROPOSITION 19 - CONTINUATION OF THE RAVEN WOODS/BUBBLING BROOK LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Raven Woods/Bubbling Brook Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Raven Woods/Bubbling Brook Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-13)

PROPOSITION 20 - CONTINUATION OF THE ROCKHILL LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Rockhill Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Rockhill Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-14)

PROPOSITION 21- CONTINUATION OF THE SKYRANCH ESTATES LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Skyranch Estates Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Skyranch Estates Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-15)

PROPOSITION 22 - CONTINUATION OF THE TOTEM LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Totem Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Totem Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-16)

PROPOSITION 23 - CONTINUATION OF THE UPPER GROVER LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Upper Grover Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Upper Grover Limited Road Service Area.(AO 2007-17)

PROPOSITION 24 - CONTINUATION OF THE VALLI VUE LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Valli Vue Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected?

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Valli Vue Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-18)

PROPOSITION 25 - CONTINUATION OF THE TALUS WEST LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Talus West Limited Road Service Area be continued until altered or abolished by an affirmative vote of the majority of qualified voters in the area affected

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Talus West Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-19)