Early voting began Monday at the Denali Borough office. This is just one of three ways voters can cast their ballots.
Starting this week, 1,639 registered voters will also receive ballots in their mailboxes, and they can vote by mail. Voters also have the option of showing up at the polls in person on election day, Nov. 5.
The two tax proposals on the ballot are generating lots of interest — a proposed 5% tax on sales of alcohol and marijuana and/or a half percent increase in the accommodation tax, bringing it to 7.5%. All proposed taxes must be approved by voters in the Denali Borough.
Denali Borough Mayor Clay Walker also mails his annual report to voters this week, explaining why he proposed a tax, an estimate of the revenue it would generate, and where the money would go. His intent, he said, is to think ahead and keep the borough healthy financially as state funds decline.
The borough assembly decided to put both tax proposals on the ballot, so voters could choose one or the other, both or neither.
Voters will also choose board members for the Denali Borough School Board and the Denali Borough Assembly. Both Trista Davis and Michele M.N. Nelson are running to retain their seats on the school board. There is no candidate for the seat that represents Cantwell.
Tallon Shreeve is running to retain his seat on the borough assembly, and there is no candidate for the seat representing Anderson and the northern part of the borough. The only contested race is between Lisa J. Miner and Jordan T. Heckley.
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