Initiative Tops 4,300 Signatures
May 17, 2005
Wasilla, Alaska - Mat-Su Residents
fed up with astronomical property tax increases have collected
more than 4,300 signatures representing about one third
of the voters for an initiative petition for a borough wide tax
cap in a pure grassroots effort. According to the Mat-Su
Taxpayers Association, no money was spent on the signature gathering
effort. To place the question on the ballot for the Mat-Su Borough
October 2005 Election, 1,788 valid signatures are needed.
People struggling to raise
their families in cabins, trailers and older homes, and retirees
were hardest hit by huge tax increases, some as high as 76%.
Borough operating budget increases approaching 60% over three
years grossly exceeded any combination of rational economic or
population growth indicators including the Mat-Su Borough's own
economic analysis. Had the tax cap been in effect for this year,
Borough budget revenue increase would have been about 6%
said the Association.
Quoting Alaska Department of
Community and Economic Development, State Assessors Office and
the US Census as sources, Mat-Su Taxpayers Association said the
increases in taxes approximately 3 times as large as the 6.3%
increase in MLS sales value averages during the previous
three years (ADN, Jan 25, 2004) were matched by 300-1000% increases
in planning and platting fees! Tai-Chi classes and Willow Chair
making classes are not essential services!
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