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Should Big Lake have a Mayor?

Big Lake CityShould Big Lake have a Mayor? Why not, Talkeetna has a cat for a mayor. Of course it would be an unofficial position, as Big Lake is an unincorporated Community. Unofficial means "not having official authority or sanction", but he or she could officiate in the many community events we have here.

Nominations are open, let's elect someone. The only rules are that the Mayor must be a full-time resident of Big Lake, and suggestions are encouraged.

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The 2015 Big Lake Incorporation Official Results

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The Division of Elections has posted the final tally of votes in the 2015 Big Lake Incorporation. Here are the highlights:

Registered Voters 2446 - Cards Cast 1047 42.80%

Ballot Question #1 - Incorporation

YES 202 19.37% NO 841 80.63%

Ballot Question #2 - Property Tax

YES 201 19.55% NO 827 80.45%

The Big Lake Times is working on a "wrap-up" article, and will leave the Topic of Big Lake as a city or not on this site, as it provides a repository of history for Big Lake.

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UPDATE: 2015 Big Lake Incorporation Unofficial Results

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The Division of Elections has posted the latest update in the Big Lake Incorporation election. Here are the highlights:

Registered Voters 2446 - Cards Cast 1047 42.80%

Ballot Question #1 - Incorporation

YES 202 19.37% NO 841 80.63%

Ballot Question #2 - Property Tax

YES 201 19.55% NO 827 80.45%

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Unofficial Early Results are in: The Nay's Have It

Big Lake CityThe Unofficial Early Results for the Big Lake City Questions are in: Voter turnout was strong in this election, out of the registered Voters of 2446 - Cards Cast were 872 so far, or 35.65%

Current Counts:

Total Votes 869

YES

168 19.33%

NO

701 80.67%

At the risk of calling it too early, and the election won't be certified until 13 November, it look's like the "No's" have won.

Voters rejected the proposed property tax, YES 169 19.65%

NO 691 80.35%

Thanks to everyone that put in so much hard work on both sides and in the middle.

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Status Report from the Division of Elections re: Incorporation of Big Lake

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The Big Lake Times has received the following information from the Division of Elections:

The counting of Absentee and all mailed Ballots has begun and will continue until 6 pm today. There will be a 2nd count on November 6th, and a final tally on the 12th. These will include all the mailed-in ballots that were postmarked as of today.

For additional information, please visit their website at http://www.elections.alaska.gov or call the Region II Mat-Su Office at 907-373-8952.

The Big Lake Times will post information as it becomes available, please be patient with the process.

This just in: "Hello,

This evening by 7:00 pm all ballots received through Monday, October 26th results will be posted on our website. Since ballots can be sent and postmarked through today, the next count for those ballots received today through November 6th will be counted on November 6th and our web page will reflect the updated count. Because of possible ballots being received later, sent from overseas etc., we will count those ballots on November 12th. The plan is to have the Election certified by November 13th.

Sincerely,

Julie J Husmann

Region II Election Supervisor

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Big Lake City Election Day: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Big Lake CityToday is the deadline for voting in the matter of Big Lake as a 2nd Class City. Ballots must be postmarked by today to be considered valid.

See this topic for related articles and discussions about the Incorporation of Big Lake.

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Vote Yes and Vote No meetings tonight

Big Lake CityBoth sides of the "Incorporation of Big Lake" have scheduled meetings for tonight. The "No" side will meet at the Big Lake Library tonight starting at 6 pm, and the Yes meeting will be at the Big Lake Family Restaurant across the road 6pm-7.30pm.

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City of Big Lake Candidate Bios and Statements released

Big Lake City"Following are the bios and additional statements from the candidates for City Council for the City of Big Lake. If you have specific questions for the candidates, their e-mail links follow each bio. The information below is presented exactly as it was provided by each candidate. "

To see all the bios visit this page

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The Big Lake City Debate Followup

Big Lake CityThe 1st Big Lake City debate, held in the Big Lake Recreation Center on Saturday, October 10th, was well-represented by the public with an estimated 200+ people in attendance. Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle moderated the debate, which lasted about 2 hours. There was no clear winner in the spirited and sometimes passionate exchange between the two sides. Much of the debate focused on taxes, which is the topic of most concern to local residents.

Both sides plan to continue holding meetings that are open to the Public to provide information and answer questions.

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The Big Lake City Debate is today

Big Lake CityThe Big Lake City Debate takes place today at 4 pm at The Big Lake Rec Center.

Welcome to The Big Lake City Debate Photo by Dennis Garrett

Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle will be our moderator, and all parties to the debate are asked to arrive early to get familiar with the debate Format and Rules. The Format and Rules, as well as what questions will be selected as debate topics, are selected by the Moderator from publicly-submitted questions and suggestions. Neither side, or The Big Lake Times, knows which topics for debate will be selected, and there may be more than 6 questions selected as topics. Each side of the debate team is made up of Big Lake Residents.

We ask the public to resist the urge to interrupt the debate by shouting, heckling, or not setting your phones to vibrate or airplane mode. We're all just seeking answers. I realize that not every questions may be answered to the complete and full satisfaction of all voters, but it's a process. Let's respect our guests and hosts, and give a Community Thanks to the Big Lake Lions Club for hosting this debate in the Big Lake Rec Center, and for Mayor Cottle as Moderator.

Some General Format and Rules: Each side of the debate will consist of 3 residents authorized to vote in Big Lake. Each side will make an opening and closing statement, there will be a coin toss to determine who goes into the breech first. After that questions will be put to alternating sides. Each side will have time for rebuttal. The times are set and the speaker will be expected to wrap it up when the time limit is reached. Each side may select the most qualified person from their team to respond. There will be no trick questions, such as "How many Big Lakes would fit on Pluto." (I submitted all the questions, but I doubt that will be selected).

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Vote Yes and Vote No meetings tonight

Big Lake CityBoth sides of the "Incorporation of Big Lake" have scheduled meetings for tonight. The "No" side will meet at the Big Lake Library tonight starting at 6 pm, and the Yes meeting will be at the Big Lake Family Restaurant across the road 6pm-7.30pm.

There will be 4 round tables to answer all questions and make the best use of time. The round tables include city council candidates, finance, government, and roads.

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Wasilla Mayor Cottle to Moderate the Big Lake City Debate

Big Lake CityThe Big Lake Times met with Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle this morning. He has agreed to act as Moderator for the upcoming Big Lake City Debate. We worked out the rules and format, and as Moderator he will select the questions submitted by readers for debate topics. The rules and format are a fair compromise between requests from both sides of the debate. I'd like to thank Mayor Cottle for agreeing to moderate this debate, as having someone with no dog in the hunt will eliminate questions of fairness.

The window for adding your questions is rapidly closing, get them in to biglaketimes@gmail.com ASAP. Neither side will know the questions before the debate, and The Big Lake Times has no control over which questions will be selected by the Moderator.

The Debate will start at 4 pm this Saturday October 10th at The Big Lake Rec Center.

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Op/Ed: Letter to the Editor: "How did did this whole Incorporation topic turn so ugly?"

Big Lake City"How did did this whole Incorporation turn so ugly?"

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You are invited to a Public Debate on the Incorporation of Big Lake

Big Lake CityYou are invited to a Public Debate on the Incorporation of Big Lake. To be held on Saturday the 10th of October at 4 pm at the Big Lake Rec Center. Email your questions to biglaketimes@gmail.com

The Moderator will select the questions.

A big Thank You to the folks at the Big Lake Rec Center for providing a venue for this Community Event.

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Message from the ‘Petitioner’s committee (Big Lake City - YES).’

Big Lake CityThis message from the ‘Petitioner’s committee (Big Lake City - YES).’

Flyer submitted by the Big Lake City Yes campaign.

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