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Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal

Big Lake CityThe State of Alaska LBC (Local Boundary Commission) has released a "Notice of Public Comment Period on the Final Report Concerning the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition and Notice of an LBC Public Hearing and Decisional Meeting Regarding the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition." The comment period is open, and there will be a meeting in Big Lake.

The Local Boundary Commission (LBC or commission) staff final report concerning the petition to incorporate the community of Big Lake as a second class city, and the petition to annex to the City of Houston was released on March 6, 2015. Procedures governing departmental reports are set out in 3 AAC 110.530. The report recommends that the LBC approve the Houston annexation petition without amendment or condition.

The LBC staff final report also recommends that the commission condition the proposed Big Lake incorporation upon voter approval of a proposition authorizing the city to levy a 2.57 mil rate real property tax. The staff also recommends that the commission amend the boundaries of the proposed city of Big Lake by reducing the size to approximately 76.8 square miles. A map with the recommended boundaries is shown below. [See attachment link]. This is the same rate we pay in taxes now, and I was assured there would be no new taxes.

The report and both petitions with related materials will be available on the LBC website at: http://commerce.state.ak.us/dca/lbc/2...n_Petition . If the report is not immediately available on the LBC website, contact the LBC staff to request a copy. The direct link to the report titled "03 06 15 Big Lake and Houston Final Report with appendices.pdf" may be found here: http://commerce.state.ak.us/dca/lbc/2...ndices.pdf

These recommendations differ from those in the preliminary report. For that reason, interested persons or entities may file with the LBC written comments regarding the final report recommendations. Comments should also be served on (sent to) the applicable petitioner(s). Comments submitted to the LBC staff should be accompanied by a statement that the comment was served on the applicable petitioner(s), or the commenter should notify LBC staff of an inability to serve comments on the petitioner. Public comments must be filed and served in accordance with 3 AAC 110.480(d) and 3 AAC 110.700. The LBC has waived the requirement that commenters send a paper original of an electronically submitted comment. Oral comments on the recommendations for amendment and conditional approval may be given at the hearing under 3 AAC 110.560. Written comments on the recommendations must be received by 4:30 pm, Friday, March 27, 2015 at:

LBC Staff
550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501-3510
Phone: 907-269-4559 • Fax: 907-269-4563 • LBC@alaska.gov

and

Big Lake Incorporation Petition

Jim Faiks, Petitioner’s Representative

19559 W. Bryant Road, Big Lake, AK 99652

alaskalpaca@mtaonline.net


and/or


Houston Annexation Petition

Mayor Virgie Thompson, Petitioner’s Representative

13878 W. Armstrong, Houston, AK 99694

vthompson@houston-ak.gov



It is recommended that persons interested in receiving future LBC notices, updates, and materials by email subscribe to the LBC notice list server by visiting http://list.state.ak.us/index.htm , selecting “DCED-Local Boundary Commission,” clicking “join or leave,” and following the instructions.

The LBC chair consolidated the two petitions because their proposed territories overlapped, and because the petitions were accepted for filing at the same time. The commission will convene a public consolidated hearing under 3 AAC 110.560 regarding the City of Houston annexation petition, and the petition to incorporate Big Lake. The public hearing will be held in the:

Big Lake Lions Recreation Center
2939 Lions Court, Big Lake, AK 99652
April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

If necessary, the LBC will reconvene at the same location the next day, April 16, 2015, at 10:00 am. The commission will convene a decisional meeting for each petition under 3 AAC 110.570 immediately after the hearing in the same location. Once prepared, hearing and decisional meeting materials will be available from LBC staff, or at http://commerce.state.ak.us/dca/lbc/2...n_Petition .

LBC staff is working to make the hearing and decisional meetings available via teleconference. Please contact the staff for further information if you are interested in participating by teleconference. Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate must contact LBC staff by Friday, April 3, 2015.

Additional materials relating to this action may be found under the "Big Lake City" topic: http://thebiglaketimes.com/index.php?..._Lake_City

In conclusion, "Commerce finds that the Big Lake petition as amended meets the incorporation standards. Commerce recommends that the commission approve the petition after amending it to reduce the boundary size to the size shown in the map, of approximately 76.8 square miles. The staff also recommends that the LBC condition approval upon voter approval of a proposition authorizing the city to levy a 2.57 mil rate real property tax."

Related article: Assembly Special Meeting Re: Discussion on the Big Lake Incorporation http://thebiglaketimes.com/article.ph...3080014549

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Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: Jim Faiks on Saturday, March 07 2015 @ 01:06 PM AKST
Just to clarify, there will be NO new or increased taxes if Big Lake incorporates. The 2.57 mills tax mentioned in the article is the exact amount we already pay for our road maintenance. The State Boundary Commission concluded that the new city will in fact operate with a small surplus.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: DG on Saturday, March 07 2015 @ 02:13 PM AKST
Thank you for posting that, I know it's been a concern of some people.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: Arthur on Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 04:14 PM AKDT
At first I was against it, not knowing the details, but from what I have learned I think this is a good deal. I'm for it. Tell your friends and neighbors so everyone gets a say.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: kyle on Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 04:04 PM AKDT
I like that this is a story without a bunch of crap in it. You have the info so I can think about it. Thanks.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: NicholasMo on Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 04:26 PM AKDT
Hey I know I don't post much on here but I read everything, and I want to say thanks people. And I am voting for the Big Lake City if/when I get the chance, I am excited about it. Think of all the cool stuff we have here! We're already an awesome town, lets make it official.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: RafaelaBan on Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 04:32 PM AKDT
Big Lake is awesome already, with all the parks and activities, make it better by being and city? I'm for it too.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: users10 on Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 05:52 PM AKDT
speak your peace now, else live with it.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: Karen on Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 07:33 PM AKDT
Big Lake should be a city.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, March 08 2015 @ 07:43 PM AKDT
"Hold my beer and watch this!"
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: Jim Faiks on Thursday, March 12 2015 @ 01:28 PM AKDT
I have receive a few calls about whether or not seniors would loose their property tax exemption if Big Lake Incorporated. According the Borough Mayor, incorporation will not have any impact on the senior exemptions.
Also wanted to let everyone know that the Borough Assembly has asked the supporters of incorporation to address the Assembly at 4:30 PM on March 17th in Palmer so that they could better understand all the implications. Hope you can make it.
SeniorTax Exemption May be Lost
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 26 2015 @ 01:11 AM AKDT
Re: Will seniors lose their additional MSB property exemption if Big Lake incorporates? The truthful answer is: Maybe yes! Alaska Statue 29.45.50c (3) says: a city in a borough may, by ordinance, adjust its property tax structure in whole or in part to the property tax structure of the borough, including but not limited to exempting or partially exempting property from taxation. This is in the section of Alaska Laws that deals with extra tax exemptions, AS 29.45.050. Optional Exemptions and Exclusions.

If the vote passes to incorporate and become a city, the newly elected council would have to adopt by ordinance that part of the MSB tax code that raises the property tax exemption above the $150,000 mandated by the State to keep the senior exemption at $217,000. This takes a bit of time and a mandatory public hearing. Otherwise, the additional senior exepmtion goes away, because once Big Lake becomes a separate municipality from the borough with its own property tax authority, any tax exemption above that required by the State goes away. You had better check this out.
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: nunjo on Sunday, March 22 2015 @ 02:45 PM AKDT
just a reminder: the closure of the comment period according to the article is in just a few days so speak now or forever hold your peace!
Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal
Authored by: DG on Tuesday, March 24 2015 @ 10:49 AM AKDT
The April meeting in Big Lake mentioned in the article has been added to The Big Lake Times calender. Plenty of time to plan to attend. Hope to see you there!