FAIRBANKS – There won’t be a new taxing authority in downtown Fairbanks to pay for the Community Service Patrol and Clean Team.
A measure to create a local improvement district, an entity like a fire or road service area, fell short of the majority needed to create the district in an election last week.
According to election results announced Wednesday, property owners representing some 41.8 percent of downtown land value voted in favor of taxing themselves to create the district and fund the services. More than 50 percent needed to vote “Yes” to create the district.
The district would have fully funded the Clean Team, an organization to do jobs that used to be done by Fairbanks nonprofit Festival Fairbanks, including cleaning litter, painting over graffiti and shoveling sidewalks. The city of Fairbanks does not pay for these services, and it would take another City Council action or ballot measure to fund this kind of service.
The downtown local improvement district also would have given additional funding to the Community Service Patrol, a foot and van patrol that takes inebriates to the jail, hospital or other appropriate locations and helps Fairbanks police with other non-criminal matters. The Community Service Patrol already receives $50,000 in annual funding from the city.
Voting in the election took place February to April 1. Among 115 property owners in the region, 80 property owners (representing some 71.8 percent of the downtown district’s land value) returned ballots. Voting shares were proportional based on the assessed value of the land held by each owner.
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