Nov. 5, 2009
To the editor:
If the proposed annexation of the Fred Meyer West subdivision by the city of Fairbanks is approved, we are all going to lose. It doesn’t matter if you are a resident living within the boundaries of the city or if you reside outside the city; services to your area will be negatively affected.
The main premise of the city’s annexation proposal to the Local Boundary Commission is that they can do a better job of providing essential services to the Fred Meyer West area.
The city cannot and does not provide quality essential service to existing city residents. Fairbanks residents have turned down a sales tax to pay for essential services five times. The city needs the tax revenue from Fred Meyer West property taxes and the alcohol and tobacco taxes from the store just to make ends meet.
If this proposal passes, existing city services will be stretched even further and the Fred Meyer West area can expect to see a level of service similar to the level of service the city provides on the east side of town near Fred Meyer East, which is almost none.
There are so many things wrong with this proposal that it is beyond comprehension that the LBC has recommended that the city proposal be approved.
Please attend the public hearing Monday at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s boardroom and voice your opposition to this proposal.