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2008 Ballot Propositions

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PROPOSITION 1 - PUBLIC FACILITY MAJOR ROOF REPAIR AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS

To provide for major roof repair and maintenance of significant public assets, including Anchorage libraries, Sullivan Arena and the existing museum, shall Anchorage issue up to $6,900,000 in principal amount of general obligation bonds and increase the municipal tax cap by an amount not to exceed $756,000 to pay annual operations and maintenance costs, including up to $340,000 as a capital reserve for required repairs? 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 2008 areawide assessed valuation in Anchorage) (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $1.78 to retire the proposed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase in the Municipal Tax Cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $2.43 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 voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage . (AO2008-20(S))

PROPOSITION 2 - SCHOOLS ADDITION, RENEWAL AND DESIGN BONDS

Shall Anchorage borrow up to $34,300,000 through the issuance of general obligation bonds to pay for addition and renewal of Chester Valley and Sand Lake Elementary Schools and design plans for Girdwood K-8 School within Anchorage, as provided in Ordinance No. AO 2008‑7? The projects currently qualify 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, site preparation, constructing, renovating, installing and equipping educational capital improvement projects, but not limited to the projects described above.

The projects currently qualify for 60% state debt reimbursement. If the State chooses to make full reimbursement, the annual increase in taxes would be $3.54 to retire the proposed bonds (based on $100,000 of 2008 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 2008 assessed valuation) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $8.84 to retire the proposed bonds (subject to reduction with State reimbursement money).

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 voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2008-007)

PROPOSITION 3 - EDUCATIONAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS DISTRICTWIDE MAJOR BUILDING SYSTEMS RENEWAL BONDS

Shall Anchorage borrow up to $9,410,000 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 2008-8? 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 RepairsDistrictwide Building Renewal ProjectsDistrictwide Electrical ProjectsDistrictwide Mechanical ProjectsDistrictwide Traffic Safety Projects.Districtwide Track RenewalEmergency Communications Systems – Middle Schools

The projects currently qualify for 70% State debt reimbursement. If the State chooses to make full reimbursement, the annual increase in taxes would be $0.73 to retire the proposed bonds (based on $100,000 of 2008 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 2008 assessed valuation) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $2.43 (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 voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2008-008)

PROPOSITION 4 - ANCHORAGE PARKS AND RECREATION SERVICE AREA POOL IMPROVEMENT BONDS

To improve, renovate, replace and renew pool facilities, shall Anchorage borrow money by issuing bonds in principal amount not to exceed $2,000,000, contingent upon the appropriation of funds from the State of Alaska, and increase the municipal tax cap by an amount up to $223,000 to pay for annual operations and maintenance costs, including up to $100,000 as a reserve for required repairs? 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 2008 assessed valuation in the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $.60 to retire the proposed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase in the municipal tax cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $.83 to pay for annual operation and maintenance costs related to the proposed capital improvements.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area and areawide Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2007-148(S))

PROPOSITION 5 - 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 $44,800,000 in principal amount of general obligation bonds and increase the municipal tax cap by an annual amount not to exceed $1,899,000 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 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.

Voter approval of this bond proposition authorizes for each $100,000 of assessed taxable property value (based on the estimated 2008 assessed valuation in the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $14.70 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 $7.77 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 Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area and areawide Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2008-19)

PROPOSITION 6 - AREAWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS

For the purpose of providing public safety upgrades, including acquisition of mobile intensive care units, computers for ambulances, public transportation vehicles, transportation facility improvements and related capital improvements, shall Anchorage issue up to $1,688,000 in principal amount of general obligation bonds and increase the municipal tax cap by an amount not to exceed $90,000 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 2008 areawide assessed valuation in Anchorage) (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $0.44 to retire the proposed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase in the Municipal Tax Cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $0.29 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 voters residing within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2008-022)

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 $3,622,000 in principal amount of general obligation bonds and increase the municipal tax cap by an annual amount not to exceed $1,015,025 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 2008 assessed valuation in the Anchorage Fire Service Area): (i) an annual increase in taxes of approximately $0.99 to retire the proposed bonds, and (ii) an annual increase in the Municipal Tax Cap (Charter 14.03(b)(2)) of approximately $3.47 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 Fire Service Area. Anchorage will also pledge its full faith and credit for payment of the bonds.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Anchorage Fire Service Area and within the Municipality of Anchorage. (AO 2008-021)

PROPOSITION 8 - 2002 TAXI, LIMOUSINE & VEHICLE FOR HIRE REFORMATION ACT INITIATIVE PETITION

Shall the Charter be amended to add the following sections to Article XVII:

Section 17.14 Regulated vehicle permits

The Municipality shall issue a non-transferable general taxicab permit to any qualified applicant. The fees paid for issuance or annual renewal of taxicab, limousine, or vehicle for hire permits shall be uniform. Issuance or annual renewal fees required for any of the aforementioned permits shall be equivalent and set to cover real administrative costs of issuing and filing them only and not set so as to be a substantial barrier to entry.

The exception to this act shall be that no fees shall be levied on taxicab permits for vehicles that are fully wheelchair accessible.

Section 17.15 Regulated vehicle rates and terms of service

The Municipality is hereby prohibited from establishing rates for limousine or executive sedan service. Any vehicle dispatch service licensed by the Municipality shall be allowed to dispatch any vehicle.

Summary of Economic Effects

Public sector economic effects:

Personnel: Transportation Inspection will need an additional part-time code enforcement officer position beginning mid-2008 to handle the added on-street enforcement, vehicle inspections, and complaint investigations attendant to an increase in the number of taxicabs. No need for additional office personnel is anticipated at this time.

Revenue: There will be an increase in revenue commensurate with the increase in the number of taxicab permits and the possible increase in the number of chauffeur licenses. The magnitude of the revenue increase is unknown, as the increase in the number of applications for permits and licenses cannot be accurately determined in advance. Transportation Inspection currently collects a $500 transfer fee -- about $6,000 annually -- for each transfer of a taxicab permit; the ready availability of new permits will reduce the number of purchases of existing permits and thus decrease the annual transfer fee revenue by an estimated $5,000. The net change to revenues is based on a "best-guess" estimation of 30 additional taxicab permits and assumes no change in the existing permit and license fee schedule.

Private sector economic effects: The existing 158 general taxicab permits are transferable by sale or lease within the private sector for amounts agreed upon by the parties involved. A typical permit lease is about $1,100 per month, the price to purchase a taxicab permit climbed to about $125,000 before declining to $100,000 in the face of the uncertainty preceding the upcoming ballot initiative. These exchanges occur in a market external to the Municipality, Transportation Inspection neither sets nor regulates the sale and lease amounts. The availability of new permits will reduce the demand for the existing 158 transferable permits and thus reduce their market value from the current $100,000 to an estimated $1,500 - $2,000.

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

PROPOSITION 9 - CONSOLIDATION OF THE PARADISE VALLEY SOUTH LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA WITH ANCHORAGE ROADS & DRAINAGE SERVICE AREA.

Shall the boundaries of the Paradise Valley South Limited Road Service Area (LRSA) and the Anchorage Roads & Drainage Service Area (ARDSA) be changed to consolidate the LRSA into ARDSA?

If this proposition is approved by a majority of the voters within the Paradise Valley South LRSA, this consolidation is contingent on the approval of the majority of voters within ARDSA, and also contingent upon the establishment of a RID by the property owners with the Paradise Valley South LRSA.

If the consolidation becomes effective, the mill rate for property owners within the LRSA will increase from 1.00 to the mill rate for ARDSA, currently 2.54, resulting in an increase in property taxes for maintenance of the streets beginning with tax year 2009.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Paradise Valley South Limited Road Service Area. (AO2008-026)

PROPOSITION 10 - APPROVING CONSOLIDATION OF THE PARADISE VALLEY SOUTH LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA INTO ANCHORAGE ROADS & DRAINAGE SERVICE AREA.

Shall the boundaries of the Paradise Valley South Limited Road Service Area (LRSA) and the Anchorage Roads & Drainage Service Area (ARDSA) be changed to consolidate the LRSA into ARDSA?

If the consolidation with Paradise Valley South LRSA is approved by the majority of the voters within the ARDSA, the consolidation is contingent on the approval of the majority of voters within the Paradise Valley south LRSA, and also contingent upon the establishment of a Road Improvement District (RID) by the property owners with the Paradise Valley South LRSA.

Consolidating Paradise Valley South LRSA with ARDSA does not change the ARDSA mill rate and there is no tax increase for property owners in ARDSA.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area. (AO 2008-027)

PROPOSITION 11 - APPROVING REMOVAL OF GOLDENVIEW DRIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY BETWEEN RABBIT CREEK ROAD AND BULGARIA DRIVE FROM THE SOUTH GOLDENVIEW RRSA AND ANNEX GOLDENVIEW DRIVE TO ANCHORAGE ROADS AND DRAINAGE SERVICE AREA (ARDSA).

Shall the boundaries of the South Goldenview Rural Road Service Area (RRSA) and the Anchorage Roads & Drainage Service Area (ARDSA) by changed to remove the Goldenview Drive Right-of-Way between Rabbit Creek Road and Bulgaria Drive from the (RRSA) and annex the Goldenview Drive Right-of-Way into ARDSA?

If the removal of Goldenview Drive Right-of-Way is approved by the majority of the voters within the South Goldenview Rural Road Service Area (RRSA), the annexation is contingent on the approval of the majority of voters within ARDSA.

This removal does not change the mill rate in the RRSA or ARDSA, and there is no increase or decrease in property owner taxes.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the South Goldenview Rural Road Service Area. (AO 2008-028)

PROPOSITION 12 - APPROVING ANNEXATION OF GOLDENVIEW DRIVE RIGHT-OF-WAY BETWEEN RABBIT CREEK ROAD AND BULGARIA DRIVE FROM THE SOUTH GOLDENVIEW RURAL ROAD SERVICE AREA (RRSA) TO ANCHORAGE ROADS AND DRAINAGE SERVICE AREA (ARDSA).

Shall the boundaries of ARDSA and the South Goldenview RRSA be changed to remove Goldenview Drive Right-of-Way between Rabbit Creek Road and Bulgaria Drive from the RRSA and be annexed to ARDSA?

If the annexation of Goldenview Drive Right-of-Way between Rabbit Creek Road and Bulgaria Drive is approved by the majority of the voters within the ARDSA, the annexation is contingent on the approval of the removal of Goldenview Drive Right-of-Way by the majority of voters within the South Goldenview RRSA.

This removal and annexation does not change the mill levy or increase the taxes of property owners in either ARDSA or the RRSA.

To be voted upon by all voters residing within the Anchorage Roads & Drainage Road Service Area. (AO 2008-029)

PROPOSITION 13 - REDUCTION OF THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF MEMBERS ON THE MOUNTAIN PARK/ROBIN HILL LRSA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FROM SIX MEMBERS TO FIVE MEMBERS WHILE MAINTAINING THE REQUIREMENT THAT AT LEAST ONE MEMBER RESIDE IN THE SUN VALLEY HEIGHTS AREA

Shall the required number of members of the Mountain Park/ Robin Hill Limited Road Service Area Board of Supervisors be reduced from six (6) members to five (5) members while maintaining the requirement that at least one member reside in the Sun Valley Heights area?

To be voted upon by all voters residing in the Mountain Park/Robin Hill Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-142)

PROPOSITION 14 - CONTINUATION OF THE BEAR VALLEY LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Bear Valley 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 Bear Valley Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-162)

PROPOSITION 15 - CONTINUATION OF THE BIRCH TREE/ELMORE ROAD LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Birch Tree/Elmore Road 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 Birch Tree/Elmore Road Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-163)

PROPOSITION 16- CONTINUATION OF THE SECTION 6/CAMPBELL AIRSTRIP ROAD LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Section 6/Campbell Airstrip Road 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 Section 6/Campbell Airstrip Road Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-164)

PROPOSITION 17 - CONTINUATION OF THE SEQUOIA ESTATES LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Sequoia 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 Sequoia Estates Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-165)

PROPOSITION 18 - CONTINUATION OF THE SRW HOMEOWNER'S LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the SRW Homeowner's 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 SRW Homeowner's Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-166)

PROPOSITION 19 - CONTINUATION OF THE UPPER O'MALLEY LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Upper O'Malley 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 O'Malley Limited Road Service Area. (AO2007-167)

PROPOSITION 20 - CONTINUATION OF THE VILLAGES SCENIC PARKWAY LIMITED ROAD SERVICE AREA

Shall the existence of the Villages Scenic Parkway 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 Villages Scenic Parkway Limited Road Service Area. (AO 2007-168)