Registered voters in Mat-Su Borough’s Big Lake have been sent mail-in ballots due by October 27th following approval from a petition to the Alaska Local Boundary Commission to ask whether residents want a second-class city and a local 3.09 mill level (tax) to pay for road services.
A debate was held Saturday night, October 10th, at the Big Lake Lion’s Club Recreation Center. At the meeting Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle moderated the debate and noted that 2,100 ballots were mailed from the Division of Elections and 300 were returned with bad addresses.
Residents attending fell on both sides of the “Yes” and “No” arguments. During the debate comparisons were made to neighboring City of Houston’s failed structure and the City of Wasilla’s higher costs, albeit a first-class city, mixed with varying reviews on Mat-Su Borough’s effectiveness in financial oversight, making for a thoughtful debate.
Mat-Su Borough’s only cities are Palmer, Wasilla and Houston.
APE has solicited opinion editorials from both sides of the Big lake incorporation issue. The OpEds will be published this week.
Here’s the KTUU Channel 2 News report.