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Property tax measure sneaks onto Alaska 2012 ballot

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January 4, 2011


By Al Ortiz

JUNEAU, Alaska: Alaska's August 28, 2012 primary election is a little less than two years away, but there is already a ballot measure set for voters to decide on when they make their way to the polls that day. The measure, the proposed Alaska Property Tax Exemption Act, would let local communities determine levels of property tax exemptions. It also would let local governments adjust the exemption for cost of living.

Initially, Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Mead Treadwell ruled on June 2, 2010 that the initiative's petition was improperly filed. However, according to the Alaska Division of Elections, "Pursuant to settlement litigation, the division of elections completed signature verification of 35 initially rejected initiative petition booklets."

Then, on December 20, 2010 the state initiative committee was told by Treadwell that the initiative petition was properly filed. Unless the legislature passes an act that similar to the proposed law before the 2012 primary election, the measure will appear on the ballot.[1]

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