Fairbanks Borough Assembly votes against tax cap initiative

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly unanimously voted to oppose the statewide 10-mill tax cap initiative at a meeting Tuesday night.

The assembly also urged borough residents to vote against the measure on the November ballot.

The move came on the heels of a presentation by Mayor Hank Hove which detailed the tax cap's likely effect on local government should it pass.

Library services would be greatly diminished, the borough would have to cut 94 positions and the schools would lose millions, Hove said.

While controlling government spending is an admirable goal, Hove said the assembly has been doing that, and should be allowed to continue.

The assembly must take a stand for local control, said Rick Lonn, a representative of the Fairbanks Council of PTAs.

''We can't let voters in Anchorage or any other community dictate how we do business in the borough,'' he said, urging the assembly to oppose the initiative.

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