Alaska Capital Move Cost, Measure 5 (1994)
The Alaska Capital Move Cost Initiative, also known as Measure 5, was on the November 8, 1994 ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure required "that before the state can spend money to move the capital or legislature, the voters must know the total costs, and approve a bond issue for all bondable costs of the move for the 12-year period after approval."
|Alaska Measure 5 (1994)|
Election results via: Alaska Department of Elections
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
This initiative would require that before the state can spend money to move the capital or legislature, the voters must know the total costs, and approve a bond issue for all bondable costs of the move for the 12-year period after approval. A commission would determine both bondable and total costs of the move. Bondable and total costs would include moving personnel and offices, and social, economic and environmental costs to the present and new sites. These costs would also include costs to plan, build, furnish, use and finance facilities at least equal to those provided by the present capital.
Between 1960 and 2002, six ballot initiatives and three legislative referrals regarding the location and costs of Alaska's state capitol have been on the Alaskan ballot. The first initiative ever to appear on the Alaskan ballot was about the location of the state capital, when the Cook Inlet State Capitol Initiative proposed moving the capital from Juneau to the "Cook Inlet-Railbelt area." This proposal earned 44 percent of the vote.
Supporters of relocating the capital tried again two years later, with the State Capitol Relocation Initiative, this time proposing a move to "western Alaska," but not "within thirty miles of Anchorage." This proposal also earned 44 percent of the vote.
In 1978, Alaskans voted in favor of an initiative, the Alaska Cost of Relocating State Capitol (1978) by a margin of 55.7 percent. This measure mandated that any and all costs of moving the capital must be determined prior to making a decision.
In 1994, Alaskans came back with this measure, Measure 5, which also required a determination of the cost of moving the capitol. The same year, 1994, Alaskans rejected Measure 3, which called for the capital to be relocated to Wasilla.
- Alaska Department of Elections, "Moving the Capital: A History of Ballot Measures," accessed February 3, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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