In the fourteen years
since ITA was organized to benefit the taxpayers in the interior of Alaska,we have done
Defeated, via a referendum petition drive, a
sales tax in the City of Fairbanks.
When the Fairbanks City government ignored the
people’s vote and continued to pass sales tax ordinances (sometimes
three in one year), we continued to give city residents the right to
vote (a total of seven times!), and each time sales taxes were
Instituted, by initiative, a City Tax Cap
(actually a revenue cap) in the city charter where only a vote of the
people can remove it.
Rolled back property taxes in the city of
Fairbanks from 7 mils to 2.8 mils, then continued to seek economies of
government to lower the city budget, and hence city property taxes.
Tightened the City Tax Cap to clarify that the
cap is a cap on all revenues so that if a sales tax is instituted
without a vote, some other source of revenue, such as property taxes,
must be lowered.
Also fought sales taxes in the Fairbanks North
Star Borough. When the Borough initiated a sales tax, ITA sponsored a
referendum so Borough residents could vote on it. Sales tax was
defeated in the Borough.
Successfully petitioned for a Borough "Tax
Cap". This is helping control property taxes since, like the
city, the Borough must lower the mil rate (hence property taxes) if
revenues from other sources increase.
Continues to monitor borough government to find
ways to reduce the budget.
Every two years ITA leads the initiative drive
to renew the Borough Tax Cap (which is not protected in a charter, as
is the City Tax Cap). The Tax Cap will next be up for renewal in the
October, 2002 election.
We made some technical changes to the Borough
revenue cap in 1996, which resulted in a tighter, better cap, much
less prone to misinterpretation. According to our attorney, changes
included "provisions to insure that as bonds are paid off,
the cap will fall, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, net of state debt
In 1997, led the drive to “lock in” Term
Limits when the Assembly threatened to lift them without a
vote of the people. We also were successful in our support of a repeal
of the Fairbanks Port Authority, which would have cost taxpayers much.
ITA has invested thousands of volunteer hours
over the last 14 years to save you money, while paying only one very
nominal salary (for a treasurer), with all the benefits and savings
over the years
going to borough residents, rather than to friends, relatives, or
special interest groups. In 2001, ITA led
the fight to defeat Consolidation.
Click for more information about how it could have affected you, and why we
urged a NO vote!
Finally, in 2008, ITA is attempting to tighten
the borough tax cap by removing one of the exceptions. For more on this,
see our blog.
We sponsor a yearly Candidate's Forum
open to the public to help citizens meet and choose candidates for
whom to vote; the first forum offered in Fairbanks where the general
public were encouraged to ask their own questions rather than
listen to prepared answers to canned questions from special interest
groups. Our own members vote on endorsements after the Forum and
they tend to choose candidates whom they believe will be fiscally
responsible with their tax money. We advertise our endorsements (and
information on ballot propositions) for those who cannot attend.
ITA publishes a newsletter
to let interested subscribers (members or not) know what is going on
in the city and borough that might affect their taxes. Membership is
$25, and the newsletter $10 per year is now
free as an email. If you are a voter who still
believes government should serve the citizen/taxpayer and not the
other way around, please join us now. Membership dues and donations
are what enable us to continue to fight for you. You CAN help! You
can print out our form and send your
application, subscription, or donation to the address given on that
page. Or use the donate button ($25 or more) on our home page.
For more detailed information on
most of the items
covered in this topic, please go to
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