Fairbanks North Star borough Assembly

FNSB / Fairbanks North Star Borough

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly voted down a proposal to become the first municipality in Alaska to use Ranked-Choice Voting. The sponsors themselves changed to a wait-and-see approach and watch the state elections that will use the system in 2022.

Spring is Budget Time for FNSB

Mar 26, 2021
Fairbans North Star Borough

Next year’s budget figures aren’t out yet for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, but the administration is assertively trying to engage the public in the process. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, the mayor is hosting two town halls and his office has built a website for public comment.

A tax rebate for property owners who bought energy-efficient houses passed the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly last night. It would credit those who achieved the six-star energy rating on new construction.

Ellen Grover / Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

The Fairbanks North Star Borough set up grant programs to disburse $15,000 to about 600 businesses. But only 200 have applied. An ordinance before the Borough Assembly this week will expand the opportunities.

FNSB Assembly Candidates at Forum

Sep 23, 2020

Borough Assembly Candidates shared their views with the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday (Tuesday.) In what is one of the area’s best-attended forums, 65 people watched on YouTube. Candidates for Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly answered questions about budgeting, pandemic impact and local energy. Links to the candidate's campaign websites are embedded in the text of this story.

A resolution supporting Black Lives Matter and marginalized groups is in front of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly tonight. After public comment last Thursday, debate on the resolution was postponed because the Assembly ran out of time. The resolution focuses on racism and police brutality.

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.

Borough Budget Keeps Mill Rate Down

May 15, 2020

After an evening of amendments, most of which failed, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly sought to keep the property tax rate below the current 13.892 mills.

Tonight (Thursday) the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will pass the budget for the next fiscal year, which starts in July. The Assembly met over three Saturdays in April to whittle down expenses, and a public hearing was held last week to get citizen input.

Links to the budget are in this post.

A program to monitor the borough’s 13 trash transfer sites will be launched this summer. The Fairbanks North Star Borough plans to hire a manager and an officer to educate users about what is allowed at the collection places. Public pressure to have someone monitor the transfer sites for safety and sanitation was considered with trying to save the borough money. The Borough Assembly approved the funding after reducing the staff from three people to two. The new officers, when the program starts later this summer, will be able to cite violators for illegal dumping.