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Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

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Matanuska-Susitna Borough (often referred to as the Mat-Su Borough) is one of sixteen organized boroughs in Alaska. Its borough seat is Palmer. The 2010 census reported the population at 88,995. The borough seat is Palmer and the largest city in the borough is Wasilla. The Borough is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. It Borough got its name because it contains the entire Matanuska and Susitna Rivers, that both empty into the Cook Inlet.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Alaska borough websites

This site was last rated on Oct. 24, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The current budget is published[2] Archived budgets are available dating back to 2005.[3]
  • Meetings
      • The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[4]
  • Elected officials
    • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[5]
  • Administrative officials
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[6]
  • Planning
    • Permit applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available[7]
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[9]
  • Public records
    • Some public records (public comments and hearings) are made available and easily accessible.[10]
    • Information on how to file a public records request and who the public information officer is for types of records is available.[11]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are available[12] and tax rates are published[13]
  • Lobbying
    • The number of lobbyists employed by the borough and their compensation is published.[14]
    • Information on grants awarded to the borough are published.[15]

The bad

Elected Officials

The Mat-Su Borough is governed by an assembly composed of 7 members. Each member is elected from a district for three year terms, with a maximum limit of two consecutive terms. The assembly is in charge of the budget, taxation and provides policy statements to the borough manager.

Assembly Member District
Larry DeVilbiss Borough Mayor
John Moosey Borough Manager
Lonnie McKenchie Borough Clerk
Nicholas Spiropoulos Borough Attorney
Warren Keogh Assembly, District 1
Noel Woods Assembly, District 2
Ronald Arvin Assembly, District 3
Steve Colligan Assembly, District 4
Darcie Salmon Assembly, District 5
Jim Colver Assembly, District 6
Vern Halter Assembly, District 7

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Eric Phillips Community Development
Don Dyer Economic Development
Dennis Brodigan Emergency Services
Tammy Clayton Finance Department
Shannon Post Information Technology
Eileen Probasco Planning and Land Use
Patty Sullivan Public Affairs
Shaune ONeil Public Works


The adopted comprehensive budget for FY 2013 is $395,744,336. Included in this total is $265.8 for school operations, $30.0 million for debt service, $49 million for Borough operations, $8.4 million for fire service area operations, $11.3 million for road service area operations, $13.6 million for enterprise operations, $13.2 million for capital projects, $1.0 million for the dust control program, $2 million for miscellaneous grants, and $1.4 million for other service areas and E-911 operations.[16]


This information is based on a report by the Alaska Office of the Assessor's 2008 report.[17]

Borough Class Property tax Sales tax Raw fish tax Liquor tax Bed tax Tobacco tax Other special taxes
Matanuska-Sustina Borough 2nd
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- - 5% Excise tax 5.29% -


The budget for fiscal year 2011 was $368.2 million, with the majority of it ($256.9 million) going to fund school operations[18]. The Mat-Su Borough has requested $55 million from the Alaskan Legislature in order to fund a rail line expansion to its own Port Mackenzie[19].


The Mat-Su Borough has given between $60 to $80 thousand every year to the Jack Ferguson Associates for lobbying. It has also given $670,000 to the North Star Group in 2005[20].

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