Anchorage Municipal Improvement Bonds, 4 (April 2010)

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There were four Anchorage Municipal Improvement Bond measures on the April 6 ballot in Anchorage.

Three of the four measures were approved

ApprovedaThe first measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $37,090,000 in order to help pay for road repair and drainage service improvement. Local taxes would be increased by $11.84 per $100,000 of assessed property value per year.

YES 16,931 (51.03%)
NO 16,246 (48.97%)

ApprovedaThe second measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $250,000 which would raise property taxes by $.06 per $100,000 of assessed property value per year. The money from the bond would be used to make public safety upgrades, such as buying new emergency vehicles.

YES 16,966 (51.06%)
NO 16,261 (48.94%)

ApprovedaThe third measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $1,150,000 in order to help pay for capital improvements at the local fire station. This would increase property taxes by $.31 per $100,000 of assessed property value per year.

YES 18,277 (55.05%)
NO 14,925 (44.95%)

DefeateddThe fourth measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $932,000 which would raise property taxes by a further $.23 per $100,000 of assessed property value in order to help pay for public transportation upgrades within the city.[1]

YES 15,824 (47.87%)
NO 17,229 (52.13%)[2]

The main goal of the proposed bonds was to help improve streets in the city, streets that have been needing repairs for many years now noted city mayor. State grants of near $32 million are also on hand to help with the proposed road repairs with a further $5 million being hoped for by the city. The mayor also noted that construction adds jobs to the city leading to further development.[3] The public safety vehicle bond, to buy more ambulances, was noted as one of the most important because frequently the two ambulances are out on calls and there is need for another. The current fire engines are old and new ones were desired by the department. The department felt that if the bonds were approved then they would be better equipped to help the city residents in an emergency.[4]

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