FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council has approved a resolution against consolidating the borough and city governments.
Council members voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of the measure introduced by Mayor James Hayes. Councilmen Charlie Rex, Gene Redden, Scott Kawasaki and Bob Boko voted for the resolution, arguing that the consolidation petition was flawed and would diminish the voice of residents.
Consolidation would eliminate city government, allowing the city to become a service area of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The borough would be renamed the Municipality of Fairbanks. North Pole would remain a separate city.
Should consolidation occur, an election would determine a new borough mayor, assembly and school board. The current city and borough officeholders would be allowed to run.
The city's formal position on consolidation will be delivered through a responsive brief -- a declaration of position on the consolidation movement -- which allows governments and large groups a more prominent role in consolidation proceedings.
Backers of the consolidation petition will have a chance to respond after the resolution is filed with the local Boundary Commission office in Anchorage.
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