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Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City

Big Lake CityHere is the latest update on the petition to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City, from the Local Boundary Commission:

The commission met on April 15, 2015 in Big Lake and granted the petitioners from Big Lake’s request to split the petitions. The City of Houston’s petition for annexation was approved and now that draft decision will be approved or amended by the commission at a public meeting on May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Atwood Building here in downtown Anchorage in room 1620. It will also be available via teleconference if you are interested by calling 1-800-315-6338 and using access code 94587.

The Big Lake petitioners asked for the commission to consider changing their recommendation from 2.57 mills of property tax to 3.09 to reflect the actual cost that residents currently pay to the Mat-Su Borough, and the borough will not be able or willing to collect if Big Lake incorporates. The commission granted this request and there will be a continuation of this hearing at a date that has not yet been determined. At that time, the commission will hear arguments and afterward convene a decisional meeting. Then they will meet again to approve the decision in a similar way to the meeting they are having for the Houston petition decision on May 5.

We will post more updates as they become available. If you would like to stay up-to-date with LBC matters, you can subscribe to their list server at http://list.state.ak.us/soalists/DCED-LocalBoundaryCommission/jl.htm

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Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: Hal on Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 07:17 AM AKDT
Is this more or less taxes? Looks like more, but it may just be the same. Can we get a breakdown of the proposed taxes?
Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: Hal on Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 07:20 AM AKDT
This part: "The Big Lake petitioners asked for the commission to consider changing their recommendation from 2.57 mills of property tax to 3.09 to reflect the actual cost that residents currently pay to the Mat-Su Borough, and the borough will not be able or willing to collect if Big Lake incorporates."

Guess I should have waited for the coffee to kick in before trying to think. I'd still like to see a breakdown of the taxes.
Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: DG on Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 07:42 AM AKDT
We'll get the information, or someone will post it.
Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: Jim Faiks on Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 07:51 AM AKDT
It is confusing, but there is NO increase in taxes. The Borough already collects 2.57 mills for our road service, and .52 mills for library, animal control, etc. That total would now be collected by the City of Big Lake, but the city, by agreement the Borough approved April 7th, would give the Borough back the .52 mills, and the Borough would continue to provide those services. The reason this has to happen this way is because there is a law that says a second class city must provide the library, etc. Since many Borough residents outside Big Lake use those services, it is appropriate that the Borough continue to provide them with the help of the .52 mill rate from Big Lake. Bottom line, there is no increase in taxes.
Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: DG on Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 08:30 AM AKDT
Thank you for the clarification.

If anyone has questions, feel free to post them here. We believe that every resident should be fully informed prior to the vote.
Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: Big Lake Resident on Thursday, April 23 2015 @ 07:11 AM AKDT
I was going to post my confusion on that sentence. Thank You for explanation.
Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 23 2015 @ 10:30 PM AKDT
Read all the materials and comments, seems like a good deal to me. I'm voting in favor of the city.
Update on the Petition to Incorporate Big Lake as a City
Authored by: mike on Saturday, April 25 2015 @ 02:37 PM AKDT
me too, keep my tax money local.