Good evening everybody and welcome.
As you’ve hopefully heard by now, the Municipality of Anchorage will hold a vote at home election this March and April. I want to remind everyone of some important dates – candidate filings for Mayor, Assembly, School Board and Service Area Board of Supervisors close this Friday, January 26 at 5 pm. Candidates can register at the Clerk’s Office between 9am- 3pm or at the Election Center between 8am and 5pm. The last day to register is March 3, ballot packages will be mailed to qualified voters on March 12 and the last day of voting is Tuesday, April 2.
The mayor, several school board seats, service area board of supervisor seats and the open District 2 Chugiak-Eagle River Assembly seat will be on the ballot, as well as a proposed Charter amendment and several bond propositions. The Assembly approved several items last week to put on the ballot and will review the remaining few items this evening.
As I’ve said before, local elections have a direct impact on our daily lives, including the efficiency of our snow plowing, the health of our parks, and the strength of our public safety, so I encourage everyone to follow the issues closely and vote by 8pm April 2nd.
Anchorage Requests to Legislature
The legislature convened in Juneau last week and with that, the Municipality submitted a legislative program with our 2024 requests to the Legislature. Late last year, the Anchorage Assembly worked alongside the Administration to develop shared legislative priorities, including focused capital asks, statutory recommendations and district-specific priorities.
The Municipality’s top three priorities this session are the Port of Alaska Modernization Program, increasing housing supply and addressing homelessness, and supporting mental and behavioral health needs. You can learn more about the top priorities, as well as other municipal and district priorities on the Assembly’s website
Property Valuation Notices
Next, it’s that time of year when residents receive green valuation slips in the mail, detailing the Municipality’s assessment of residents’ property values. Property valuation is a public process, and property owners should be aware of their options to participate.
If a property owner believes that their property valuation was calculated in error, we invite their engagement in the appeal process. The deadline to appeal is February 12. If a property owner qualifies for an exemption that is not reflected in the property valuation, the property owner has until March 15 to file for the exemption.