GUIDELINES FOR PETITION SPONSORS
Request that property owners sign their
names exactly as they appear on
the Fairbanks North Star Borough tax roll.
A person can only sign the petition
once, regardless of the number of parcels owned. If the tax roll shows more
than one owner, each property owner of the parcel may sign the petition one
If a corporation or company owns the
property, the president, owner, or an officer with signature authority of the
company may sign the petition. They will
need to sign their title after their name, i.e., John Smith, President. Documentation of their signatory authority
must be submitted with the petition.
If the property owner lives out of
town, you may copy the petition form and map, and forward it for
signatures. The petition may be returned
to you or directly to our office. The petition must be received in our office
by the deadline. You will be notified if we receive the petition directly.
The handwritten numbers on the printout
you have received, indicate the number of property owners who can sign the
petition for that property. Try to get
as many signatures as possible. The
required signatures are 50% +1 of the property owners, the more signatures
obtained on the petition, the more support you will have.
Make sure the signed petitions are
returned to the Rural Services prior to the deadline.
Laws Governing Service Area Formation / Annexation
Alaska State Constitution, Statutes and the Fairbanks North Star Borough
Code of Ordinances
The Constitution of the State of Alaska, Article X, Local Government,
Section 1, LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
The purpose of this
article is to provide for maximum local self-government with a minimum of local
government units, and to prevent duplication of tax-levying jurisdictions. A liberal construction shall be given to the
powers of local government units.
Section 5, SERVICE AREAS:
Service areas to provide
special services within an organized borough may be established, altered, or
abolished by the assembly, subject to the provision of law or charter. A new service area shall not be established
if, consistent with the purposes of this article, the new service can be
provided by an existing service area, by incorporation as a city, or by
annexation to a city. The assembly may
authorize the levying of taxes, charges, or assessments within a service area to
finance the special services.
Alaska Statutes, Title 29.35.450, Article 7, SERVICE AREAS:
(a) A service area to
provide special services in a borough may be established, operated, altered, or
abolished by ordinance. Special services
include services not provided on an areawide or nonareawide basis in the
borough, or a higher or different level of service than that provided on an
areawide or nonareawide basis…
(b) A new service area may not be established if, consistent with the purposes
of Art. X of the State Constitution, the new service can be provided by an
existing service area, by annexation to a city, or by incorporation as a
[A] service area that provides road, fire protection, or parks and recreation
services in which voters reside may not be altered or combined with another
service area unless that proposal is approved, separately, by a majority of the
voters who vote on the question and who reside in each of the service areas or
in the area outside of service areas that is affected by the proposal.
Fairbanks North Star Borough Code of Ordinances, Title 14.01.171:
B. No new service area shall be formed if the
new area can be served by annexation to an existing service area.