Fairbanks North Star Borough

Borough Readies CARES Money for Give-Away

Jun 18, 2020
Robyne / KUAC

Almost 25 million dollars from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) is to be distributed to Interior businesses and individuals by the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Tonight (Thursday) the borough assembly will vote on an ordinance to approve the pass-through money. Money should get to locals in August.


Budget Down, Mill Rate Down, Taxes Down

Jun 12, 2020
Robyne / KUAC

The mill rate for Fairbanks North Star Borough property taxpayer was set last night (June 11) by the borough assembly.

The Areawide Mill Rate will be 13.891. That means property taxpayers will contribute about $13.89 for every $1,000 dollars of their property value. For example, a $100,000 house would require a payment of $1,389 dollars in taxes. Last year’s was 13.892. This year’s rate is 1/1,000th less.

The assembly passed a budget on May 14. Debbie Brady, Chief Financial Officer, says the value of the property in the borough was underestimated and will bring in about $4 million dollars more in revenue for fiscal 2021. So at that May 14 meeting, the Assembly set aside $1.6 million for property taxes by the Fort Knox mine, which is arguing with the borough over property value, sent an extra $500,000 to the school district to help with pandemic expenses, and assigned $1.9 million back to the borough general fund’s unassigned fund balance, making the draw on fund balance about $5.6 million instead of $7.5 million.

“In accordance with the Assembly’s May 14th actions, the $1.6 million for fort Knox is set aside, $500,000 is going back to the school district, and the remaining $1.9 million is reducing the draw on the general fund’s unassigned fund balance.”

Assembly member Matt Cooper told citizens where to find the figures in borough documents.

“I just want to note for the public listening that Substitute Attachment A has the revised mill rate in it and keeps the mill rate almost the same, and actually very slightly less than last year.”

The borough budget is $140,568,829.  That is without the Road, Fire and other Service Areas. It still has to be reviewed and finalized by the borough’s Finance Department. Last year’s (FY 2020) budget was slightly higher at $141,941,342.

Tax bills go out on June 30, and the first installment is due by Sept. 1.


Trails Challenge Extended to May 1

Apr 6, 2020

Alaska’s Interior had a very cold winter and a lot of snow. People are still skiing, snowshoeing and hiking on local trails. The state health department has recommended using trails as a way to help physical and mental health while staying far apart from each other. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Trails office has extended the Winter Trails Challenge to help people take advantage of the outdoors.


Census Begins Online Today

Mar 12, 2020
Robyne / KUAC

The U.S. Census starts today (Thursday.) The official count is to record where all Americans are on April 1st, 2020. But those who want a head start can fill out the short 10-question form on-line at My2020Census.Gov starting today. Local coordinators in the Interior are pushing hard with public events to raise awareness of the count.


Citizens Share Building Priorities

Jan 9, 2020
FNSB

Overhauling the way maintenance and repairs are done on taxpayer- funded buildings has been a goal of Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward. An estimated $200-$300 million worth of repairs are backlogged among borough and school district properties. A new procedure to come up with a 10-year capital improvement plan, or CIP, requires a lot more public input.


Robyne

Voters returned two incumbents to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly and put two new members on the body. Two new school board members were also elected. About 12,000 people voted in the borough and school district election. KUAC reached candidates who were watching results at the Operators’ Local 302 hall and at the Borough Assembly Chambers.


09-13-19 8:30 AM newscast


07-26-19 KUAC MORNING NEWS

Jul 26, 2019

07-26-19 6:30 newscast


07-19-19 9:30 AM newscast


Borough Mayor Wears Blue & Gold

Mar 21, 2019

UAF Chancellor Dan White revealed some savings measures he’s considering to cope with the cuts in Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget. Closing three of the older residence halls on campus and moving the Nanooks Hockey games back to the Patty Center are notable. The impact of cuts on the university is also felt in the community, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward wants people to know that.


Pages