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The First Big Lake City Debate

Big Lake CityThere will be a debate on issues relating to the incorporation of Big Lake as a Second Class City. Three members from both sides have been invited to debate 6 questions, with a moderator from The Big Lake Times. The Public is invited to the to-be announced location, and to propose questions beforehand to The Big Lake Times. The moderator of the debate will select 6 questions obtained from Public input for this segment. A video of the debate will be posted to The Big Lake Times youtube channel.

Debate Format and Rules:

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Public Notice: City of Big Lake Public Debate

Big Lake City The Big Lake Times has been asked to moderate at least one public debate regarding the "City of Big Lake" motions. The Public is invited to post questions beforehand to The Big Lake Times, by comment or email, and the Moderator, a neutral party, will select the 6 most asked questions for the debate. Three people from each side of the debate will be selected by their respective groups. More information on the rules and format of the debate will be posted shortly, in the meantime post your questions. The debate is planned for Saturday, 10 October 2015 @ 4 pm so everyone will have the opportunity to attend. The location is to be determined. The debate will also be available on The Big Lake Times YouTube Channel afterwards. To email your questions use biglaketimes@gmail.com Or on: Facebook
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Op/Ed: One Man's Take on "The State of Incorporation"

Big Lake CityAn invite to the Big Lake Community
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"Yes on City of Big Lake" group Public Meeting tonight

Big Lake CityThe backers of the "Yes" for the incorporation of Big Lake have announced a series of open meetings. Billed as a "Presentation on accurate information regarding the incorporation of Big Lake as a 2nd Class City", followed by questions and answers. Every Thursday from September 3rd until October 22nd (right before the election) from 6-7:30 pm at the Big Lake Library.
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"Yes on City of Big Lake" group Public Meeting tonight

Big Lake City

When: Thursday, September 24 2015 @ 06:00 PM AKDT - 07:30PM

Event Type: Meeting

Where: Big Lake Library

Big Lake, Alaska 99652

Description: The backers of the "Yes" for the incorporation of Big Lake have announced a series of open meetings. Billed as a "Presentation on accurate information regarding the incorporation of Big Lake as a 2nd Class City", followed by questions and answers. Every Thursday from September 3rd until October 22nd (right before the election) from 6-7:30 pm at the Big Lake Library. These meetings will also be posted to The Big Lake Times Calendar on the left column of this site.

You may also anonymously post questions and other statements on The Big Lake Times. This is YOUR opportunity to meet and greet and get your questions answered.

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Notice of Election-Did you get yours?

Big Lake CitySubmitted by a reader

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Meet the Big Lake City Council Candidates today

Big Lake CityCome meet the Big Lake residents running for the 7 Community Council positions should Big Lake residents vote to Incorporate into a 2nd Class City.

When: Saturday, September 19th (Today)

Where: Big Lake Lions Rec Center

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

For a list of the candidates see this article: 2015 Big Lake Incorporation Candidate List

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"Yes on City of Big Lake" Public Meeting tonight

Big Lake City

When: Thursday, September 17 2015 @ 06:00 PM AKDT - 07:30PM

Event Type: Meeting

Where: Big Lake Library

Description: The backers of the "Yes" for the incorporation of Big Lake have announced a series of open meetings. Billed as a "Presentation on accurate information regarding the incorporation of Big Lake as a 2nd Class City", followed by questions and answers. Every Thursday from September 3rd until October 22nd (right before the election) from 6-7:30 pm at the Big Lake Library. These meetings will also be posted to The Big Lake Times Calendar on the left column of this site.

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2015 Big Lake Incorporation Candidate List

Big Lake CityHere are the 7 candidates currently listed as running for the proposed Big Lake City Council:

Seats Available: City Council (7 Seats Available)

City Council (Vote for Seven)

Sandra "Sandy" Baker P.O. Box 520697 Big Lake, AK 99652 (907) 727-5332

Chris P. Hoskinson P.O. Box 521832 Big Lake, AK 99652 (907) 350-9377

Ralph G. Lindberg P.O. Box 520293 Big Lake, AK 99652 (907) 232-3924

Gregory J. Quinton P.O. Box 521396 Big Lake, AK 99652 (907) 345-6016

Yvonne V. Ruth P.O. Box 520714 Big Lake, AK 99652 (907) 360-8524

Larry L. Schmidt P.O. Box 520192 Big Lake, AK 99652 (907) 631-8692

Lolly R. Symbol P.O. Box 520303 Big Lake, AK 99652 (907) 354-5797

(Candidates will be added as filings are processed)

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Meet the Big Lake City Council Candidates

Big Lake City Come meet the Big Lake residents running for the 7 Community Council positions should Big Lake residents vote to Incorporate into a 2nd Class City.

Saturday, September 19th

Big Lake Lions Rec Center

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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"Yes on City of Big Lake" Public Meeting tonight

Big Lake CityWhen: Thursday, September 10 2015 @ 06:00 PM AKDT - 07:30PM
Event Type: Meeting
Where: Big Lake Library
Big Lake, Alaska 99652
Description: The backers of the "Yes" for the incorporation of Big Lake have announced a series of open meetings. Billed as a "Presentation on accurate information regarding the incorporation of Big Lake as a 2nd Class City", followed by questions and answers. Every Thursday from September 3rd until October 22nd (right before the election) from 6-7:30 pm at the Big Lake Library. These meetings will also be posted to The Big Lake Times Calendar on the left column of this site.
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"Yes on City of Big Lake" group announces Public Meetings

Big Lake CityThe backers of the "Yes" for the incorporation of Big Lake have announced a series of open meetings. Billed as a "Presentation on accurate information regarding the incorporation of Big Lake as a 2nd Class City", followed by questions and answers. Every Thursday from September 3rd (tomorrow) until October 22nd (right before the election) from 6-7:30 pm at the Big Lake Library. These meetings will also be posted to The Big Lake Times Calendar on the left column of this site.

City of Big Lake Meeting, photo by Dennis Garrett

You may also anonymously post questions and other statements on The Big Lake Times. This is YOUR opportunity to meet and greet and get your questions answered.

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Amended Notice of Election: Big Lake as a Second Class City

Big Lake CityAn "Amended Notice of Election, Incorporation of Big Lake as a Second Class City" has been mailed. This amendment clarifies ballot question #2.

See also: Notice of Election: Incorporation of the Proposed Second Class City of Big Lake for more details about the election.

The election, to be held on Tuesday, October 27th 2015, is to vote on the following questions and offices:

Ballot Questions:

1. Shall Big Lake be incorporated as a second class city?

2. Shall the City of Big Lake be authorized to levy a 3.09 mil property tax? (This property tax will, in effect, take the place of certain property taxes currently levied by the borough in the area proposed for incorporation for (1) the Big Lake Roads RSA #21 tax, and (2) the non-areawide property tax for economic development, libraries and animal care. Approval of this proposition is a condition for incorporation to occur.)

3. The composition of the city council. If a majority of voters approves each of the two questions above, the City of Big Lake will be governed by a seven member city council elected at large. The mayor of the City of Big Lake will be elected by and from the city council.

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Big Lake City News: Are You Interested in becoming a Candidate?

Big Lake CityAre you unhappy with your government? Here's a way to do something about it.

If you've been following the proposal to incorporate Big Lake as a 2nd Class City, then you may be interested to know of some other ways to be heard and participate. This is YOUR opportunity to be heard and let the voices of your neighbors heard!

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Notice of Election: Incorporation of the Proposed Second Class City of Big Lake

Big Lake CityMany of you have probably received your Notice of Election for the proposal to Incorporate Big Lake as a Second Class City in the mail. The Big Lake Times has been following this issue closely, and reporting on actions and events relating to this matter. Thanks to the Community Discussion on the articles (and participation by those involved in the process to answer questions from readers), we have available for everyone the information needed to make an informed decision when you vote.

This Election will be conducted by mail. Regular in-person polling places will not be open on Election Day for this election, which is Tuesday 27 October 2015. Any registered voters are eligible to vote in this election provided you were registered to vote within the proposed boundaries of the City of Big Lake on or before 1 July 2015.

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