As session ends, Alaskans find bond package on the ballot

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April 26, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska: The passage of a proposed general bond package will now fall on the shoulders of state voters, as the Alaska Legislature ended session on April 18, 2010 and sent the measure to the November 2, 2010 ballot as a legislatively-referred state statute. If approved by voters, the measure would create an approximate $400 million bond package that would fund a new sports arena at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.[1][2]

The question that voters will see on their ballot when they make their way to the polls reads, "Shall the State of Alaska issue its general obligation bonds in the principal amount of not more than $397,200,000 for the purpose of design and construction of library, education, and educational research facilities?"[3]

Other details of the package include:

  • $80 million for a new sports arena
  • $128.5 million for schools in the western part of the state.
  • $20 million for a state library, archives and museum building in the state capital.
  • $40 million total for a fish and game research building in the Kodiak area of the state.
  • $23.5 million for an arts and learning center.
  • $108.6 million for a sciences classroom and lab facility at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

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