By AlaskaWatchman.com

The Mat-Su Borough has a packed special election set for July 12 when residents will decide on term limits for elected officials, tax reductions for seniors and veterans, and a proposed redistricting map.

June 12 is the last day to register to vote and early/absentee voting begins June 27. To vote absentee, voters must individually request a mail-in ballot. Unlike Anchorage, ballots are not automatically sent to every registered voter.

On election day, July 12, residents can vote in person at the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The ballot will ask voters whether they support four different propositions.

Proposition 1 deals with redistricting. After each federal census and adoption of a redistricting plan by the State Legislature, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly is required to propose to the voters a form of representation for the seven assembly districts. Click here to see the current and proposed district boundaries.

Proposition 2 and Proposition 3 address term limits for the borough mayor and borough assembly members. Current borough code limits a person from serving as mayor to “no more than two consecutive full terms.” The same applies for the assembly. The code does not, however, restrict the total number of terms a person could serve in either of the two offices over the course of a lifetime. If voters pass Prop. 1 and Prop. 2 a person could only serve two terms as mayor and two terms on the assembly over the course of their life.

Proposition 4 would increase property tax exemption for property “owned and occupied as a permanent place of abode” by someone 65 years or older, disabled veterans, and widows and widowers of a person who was qualified for the exemption and who are at least 60 years old. If approved, the borough would increase the property exemption from the current $68,000 to $114,000. This is in addition to the $150,000 exemption already required by the state. The estimated cost to the borough for the additional exemptions would be $2.9 million.

TAKING ACTION

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Mat-Su to vote on terms limits, taxes & redistricting in July 12 election

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.