Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska

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Fairbanks North Star Borough is one of sixteen organized boroughs in Alaska. Its borough seat is Fairbanks.}}”’Fairbanks”’ is the largest interior city in [Alaska] and the second largest in the state behind Anchorage. It is the principal city of the Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States. According to 2010 census, the population of the city was 31,535, and the Fairbanks metropolitan area's population was 97,581. Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the oldest of Alaska's current colleges.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Alaska borough websites

Website was last evaluated Feb. 18, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • The current budget is published.[2]
    • Previous budgets are available for the last three years.
  • Meetings
    • The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • Names of elected officials, individual email address<, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[4]
  • Administration
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[5]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Permit applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available[6]
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published.[7]
    • Previous audits are available for the last three years.
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[8]
  • Lobbying
    • A list of employed lobbyists is available.[9]
    • Memberships to lobbying organizations are available.
  • Public Records
    • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[10]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are available[11] and tax rates are published[12]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying fees associated with the hiring of a Washington D.C. lobbying firm are not available.

Elected Officials

Fairbanks North Star Borough is governed by an assembly composed of 9 members. Each member is elected at-large for three year terms.

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Mona Drexler Municipal Clerk
Nanci Ashford-Bingham Deputy Municipal Clerk
Jeff Jacobson Chief of Staff
Peggy Phillips Executive Secretary
Billie Sundgren Executive Communications Assistant
Chris Storhok Economic Development Specialist
Denise Brand Grant Writer
Pat Carlson Assessor
Bernardo Hernandez Director Community Planning
Michael Lamb Financial Services CFO
Carolyn Yurkovich Chief Procurement
Sallie Stuvek Director Human Resources
Scott Johnson Director Public Works
Mary Beth Overturf Director Purchasing
Peggy McDonald Manager Treasury and Budget


There is a $5,363,504 decrease in the overall budget. The FY2012 revised budget at 12/31/11 of $147,574,048 decreased to $142,210,544 in the FY2013 budget.

To provide taxpayer relief, the budget incorporates $4.4M general fund balance. The Borough anticipated that most of this amount will be replenished from a projected $3.5M of revenue-sharing dollars that is should received from the state in the fall.[13]


The city of Fairbanks received $191,535,585.27 in federal stimulus funding in 17 contracts and 60 contracts.[14]


This information is based on a report by the Alaska Office of the Assessor's 2008 report.[15]

Borough Class Property tax Sales tax Raw fish tax Liquor tax Bed tax Tobacco tax Other special taxes
Fairbanks North Star Borough 2nd
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- 5% 8% 8% Tobacco -


The Fairbanks Assembly has approved a $150,000 appropriation as a contribution to the 2014 Arctic Winter Games, hosted in Fairbanks. Citing the positive economic effect occuring in previous host towns, Assemblyman Mike Musick said "If we invest $150,000 and we get a $15 million positive impact ... wouldn’t any sane person do that?"[16]. The Assembly is planning on receiving $1 million in federal funds directed towards replacing aging bus stops[17].

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