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FNSB Special Election - Letter from Superintendent | April 2024

Date: April 5, 2024
Subject: FNSB Special Election

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is holding a special election on Tuesday, May 7 to vote on Proposition A: 

"Shall the Fairbanks North Star Borough be authorized to increase its maximum allowable tax revenue for areawide taxes by $10,000,000 to fund education?

The additional tax revenue includes taxes from any areawide source, including property taxes, tobacco excise tax, hotel-motel room tax, alcoholic beverage tax, or marijuana and marijuana product sales tax. If the additional revenue is solely raised through property tax revenue, it is the equivalent of approximately 1 mill or $100 per $100,000 of assessed taxable value of real property.

Your Vote Matters!

I encourage you to show up and vote on May 7! Early voting will also be available from April 27 to May 2 at the Shopper’s Forum Mall. If you are not registered to vote, you can register to vote online by Sunday, April 7.

Impacts to the School District

'Yes' vote passes Proposition A and authorizes an increase to the revenue cap by $10 million for education funding. A 'No' vote maintains the current maximum allowable tax revenue.

Impacts of a ‘Yes’ Vote

The school district may receive the $64 million it requested from the Borough in the school district's FY25 Recommended Budget. The FY25 Recommended Budget contains approximately $10 million in reductions, including:

  • Increasing class size by 1 in all grades except kindergarten ($2.65 million)
  • Closing Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High ($2.2 million)
  • Extensive Extended Learning Program (ELP) reductions ($900,000)
  • Curriculum materials ($900,000)
  • District and Facilities Maintenance administration and support ($600,000)
  • Additional reductions which are summarized in the FY25 Recommended Budget press release

Impacts of a ‘No’ Vote

The school district may not receive the $64 million requested from the Borough in its FY25 Recommended Budget. If this happens, the school district will need to find up to an additional $10 million in reductions on top of the $10 million in reductions that are already planned.

Further budget cuts are determined by the school board and could include:

  • Increasing class sizes by 2-5 students and cutting teaching positions
  • Closing of another school or schools
  • Further reduction of positions across the district
  • Further reductions to sports and activities
  • Further districtwide cuts leading to reduced programs and services

Election & Voting Information

Visit the Borough's Proposition A Special Election webpage for more information, including a sample ballot, polling locations, and how to register to vote or update your voter registration.

Thank you for being an engaged member of our community!

Sincerely,

Dr. Luke Meinert, Superintendent