Mary Siah Recreation Center

Tax Hikes To Go Before Borough Voters

Aug 2, 2018
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The Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly has approved 2 proposals to go before voters this fall, aimed at funding a building maintenance backlog. The ballot measures, approved at a reconvened assembly meeting last (Weds) night, propose raising property taxes above the tax revenue cap. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, the ordinances include a trimmed down bond package, and a 6 year tax hike to create a building maintenance fund.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly on Thursday approved a nearly $166 million budget for another year, after amending it to keep the Mary Siah Recreation Center open for the year and solid-waste transfer sites open seven days a week. The budget also allocates $50 million for the school district.


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Supporters of the Mary Siah Recreation Center turned out in force Thursday to again ask the Borough Assembly to reconsider plans to demolish the 67-year-old facility, which officials say is deteriorating. Most of the nearly 40 people who spoke during a public hearing on the borough’s proposed 165-million-dollar budget – which Assembly members advanced – urged them to find money to fix the rec center and keep it operating.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly decided Monday to delay a plan to demolish the Mary Siah Recreation Center, proposed by Mayor Karl Kassel. Assembly members instead approved a measure that keeps the popular but aging rec center operating – if it passes engineering tests to be conducted over the next month.


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About a hundred people packed the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly chambers Thursday to declare they don’t want the borough to demolish the Mary Siah Recreation Center. They told Assembly members to reject Mayor Karl Kassel’s proposal to knock down the 68-year-old structure and they said the borough should instead fix it up and keep it operating.


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Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel on Thursday unveiled his recommended budget for the next fiscal year. He told Assembly members during a Finance Committee meeting that he’s tried to hold operating expenses to last year’s level and to keep property taxes just under the tax-revenue cap. And he says the budget also includes funding to begin catching up on a long list of deferred maintenance around the borough.


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Fairbanks North Star Borough officials announced Monday they’re planning to close the Mary Siah Recreation Center and demolish the 67-year-old structure this summer. It’s the first of several projects borough officials will be announcing in the coming weeks in an effort to catch up on an estimated $400 million backlog of deferred maintenance on more than 200 borough facilities.


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Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel is again asking the public to help him figure out how to deal with the long backlog of deferred maintenance on borough facilities that are estimated to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The mayor demonstrated the challenge he’s facing by asking residents to consider which of the top 10 facilities most in need of maintenance should the borough pay to fix – and which should be shut down and demolished.