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The Fairbanks City Council soundly rejected an ordinance Monday that would’ve asked voters this fall to approve easing the city’s restrictions on property-tax hikes. All six council members and Mayor Jim Matherly supported the measure when it was introduced two weeks ago, as a means of raising revenues to offset a dropoff in state funding. But their consensus fell apart after two members withdrew their support.


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Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel says most of the borough’s 250 or so buildings are badly in need of maintenance. He says many are so old that they just need to be torn down and replaced. And he says it’ll cost nearly $400 million to catch up on that backlog. The mayor told a couple hundred area residents who showed up for two meetings Wednesday that they and their local elected leaders will have to solve the problem, because it’s unlikely the state will pay for much, if any, of that work.


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Leah Berman Williams says even though she lost the race for Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Seat H last week by only five votes, she didn’t request a recount. She says instead she decided to focus her energy on running again next year.