The Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers is so very grateful to all the folks who signed the initiative to keep term limits on the Borough Assembly during the Fourth of July Parade. We also wish to thank all the selfless signature gatherers who gave up part of their holiday weekend to collect these signatures. You all have given your country a birthday present: participatory citizenship!
Alaskans are blessed with the ability to create law on the citizen's level when our legislative bodies do not respond. Not all states are so fortunate. Alaska statute further protects citizen-initiated laws for two years from being changed or repealed. The protection for the assembly term limits that voters passed in 2007will expire this October. On June 21, Borough Assembly President Milli Martin stated that she was ready to submit an ordinance to change the term limits voters approved in 2007. By putting term limits back on this October's ballot, voters will have the opportunity to keep term limits on the Borough Assembly and renew the two-year protection guaranteed by state statute.
Elected officials work for us, the voters, not the other way around. ACT will continue to collect signatures for the Borough Assembly term limits. If you haven't yet signed, please do so when you see one of us. Your final chance will be at the Soldotna Progress Days. We need another small army for about one hour on July 25 to help collect signatures. Please call Mike at 776-5444 for more information. If you want to help, we provide training and teaming with experienced people. "Newbies" report that they had fun and met a lot of nice people on the Fourth and you can too on the 25th!
Learn more at our Web site, www.act-kpb.org.
Vicki Pate, past ACT president
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