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Big Lake CityHere's the latest news on the move to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City (from the Big Lake Community Council Meeting Minutes):

"Jim Faiks, Petitioner for the Incorporation of Big Lake Second Class City stated the Local Boundary Commission would send a final decision on or before 12/18/14 indicating if the Petition has been accepted as presented. As required, as Petitioner, Jim has sent a Petitioner’s Brief for the Incorporation of Big Lake Second Class City to the Local Boundary Commission in response to 20 individuals who submitted Public Comments and Briefs to the Local Boundary Commission regarding the Petition.


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All the comments have been cited on the local boundary Commission web site–
http://commerce.state.ak.us/dnn/dcra/...tions.aspx

Carol Kane also indicated Petition to the Local Boundary Commission for Incorporation of Big Lake Second as a Second Class City Notebooks, which contain all LBC required documents/processes are located for public review at the Big Lake Library, Houston City Hall, Wasilla Library and Willow Library. "

Full Minutes:
http://www.biglakecommunitycouncil.co...tes.14.pdf

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Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, December 11 2014 @ 11:34 AM AKST
I'm still wanting more info on this. Could you folks maybe dig into this more? I'm still not sure which way to go on this.
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Authored by: Anna on Thursday, December 11 2014 @ 12:33 PM AKST
I've read some of the documents, (and the articles and posts here) what I want is to hear from both side of this thing. This could bring major changes to Big Lake if it passes, (really the entire Valley) and I want to see some transparency. I have a few questions:

1. What are the benefits?
2. What are the downsides?
3. How much will it cost, and by that I mean every business, resident and property owner of Big Lake? Will our taxes go up? If so, then by how much? Will there be a sales tax?
4. If this passes, where will City Hall be located? How will it be paid for, both construction and maintenance, as well as the pay of the mayor and staff? And other 'city employees'? Has a proposed 'city budget' been drafted yet? If so I'd like to see it.
5. Who is ready to be Mayor, and fill the other city jobs? I know it's early, but surely someone has their hat in the ring. Tell us who they are. Transparency will go a long way to informing the people making decisions.
6. Will we have to pay for police, fire, EMS, road maintenance, and other things? I know some of this is paid by property taxes to the MSB. What will the MSB do if this passes? Pass the costs onto us, split it, what?
7. Will this attract or deter more business and development? How will this be managed and by who?
8. What powers and limits will the City have? I hope by this stage there are at least some draft proposed ordnances and by-laws and such, in line with the Big Lake Comprehensive Plan and established statutes and regulations.
9. Who will build and maintain the city website and services?

The only way I even found out about this in any detail was by this site. I'm a long-time resident, property and small-business owner here in Big Lake. People we need to get involved in this!
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Authored by: DG on Thursday, December 11 2014 @ 01:11 PM AKST
Here is a link to a document that will answer some of your questions: http://commerce.state.ak.us/dca/lbc/2..._Brief.pdf

"There were twenty comments submitted relative to the Big Lake petition to incorporate and the annexation request by the City of Houston. Two Big Lake residents opposed incorporation, and over three times as many residents (13) supported it. Four Houston residents responded, primarily about the annexation issue, as did the City of Houston. Following is the petitioner’s response to comments submitted"
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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, December 13 2014 @ 01:51 PM AKST
That is an excellent post. We need a discussion about this.
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Authored by: Editor on Saturday, December 13 2014 @ 09:01 AM AKST
We are working on a comprehensive article on this subject, and have reached out to those involved to get as much information as possible.
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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, December 13 2014 @ 01:55 PM AKST
Ok what is this and why am I just now hearing about it?
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Authored by: Anna on Saturday, December 13 2014 @ 03:02 PM AKST
Me too! People tell your friends and neighbors and facebook and tweet this. Let's get a community discussion going!