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North Pole’s City Council decided Monday to begin collecting its sales tax on products and services bought online or from sellers outside of the community.


The North Pole City Council has taken the first step toward collecting online sales taxes.

A profoundly austere budget for Fairbanks North Star Borough schools was released yesterday. Superintendent Karen Gaborik says the $188,019,83 draft contains the harshest budget cuts the district has endured. The school board begins its review on Monday.

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Like most institutions across the country the University of Alaska Fairbanks is uncertain about how much on campus activity there will be when the fall semester starts. A letter to the university community from UAF provost and executive vice chancellor Anupma Prakash says some classes will be conducted in person and campus housing will be available, both with precautions to limit potential transmission of COVID-19.


School Board Ponders 234 Jobs Lost

Mar 5, 2019

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is asking for a lot of public engagement this month as it works toward an April 1 deadline to submit a budget for next year. The Board of Education held a worksession last night, the latest in a series of meetings to work on a spending plan shadowed by  anticipated big reductions from both the state and the borough.


Elected Leaders of both the Fairbanks North Star Borough and City of Fairbanks said Wednesday that they and their staffs are studying how they'll deal with what Gov. Mike Dunleavy's calls “massive” funding cuts to municipalities contained in his proposed budget.

There are eight vacancies for Village Public Safety Officers in Interior Alaska Villages.

Governor Mike Dunleavy has proposed pulling back three million dollars in unspent money for the VPSO program to help pay for larger Permanent Fund Dividends, among other items. The proposal is in Senate Bill 39.

 

 

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a resolution Thursday stating it will provide at least $48 million to the school district in the coming school year. That’s $2 million less than district officials had requested. But the substitute resolution introduced by Matt Cooper is $7 million more than the $41 million called-for in an original minimum-funding measure introduced by Mayor Karl Kassel.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of Education on Wednesday narrowly approved the administration’s recommended $232 million budget for next school year. That’s 3.3 percent or about $8 million lower than this year’s budget, mainly due to anticipated cuts in both borough and state funding and a slight drop in enrollment. It would require the district to increase class sizes and cut nearly 50 jobs, and sharply cut back on sports and other activities – unless the Assembly and Legislature come through with more funding.


Fairbanks city voters turned down a ballot proposition Tuesday that would’ve authorized property tax increases to make up for reduced state funding.

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