At the last Assembly meeting on January 19 six different bond proposals were introduced and will receive a public hearing on February 2, with those approved slated to appear on the April 6 municipal election ballot. After working through the budget process during the last couple months I expected to see one, or maybe two, bonds this spring so even though there are a couple nearly-duplicate submissions I’m a little surprised.
Here’s the bond ideas we’ll discuss:
Meanwhile, the School Board appears to be sticking with Superintendent Comeau‘s suggestion to not offer any bonds this spring. That suggests my idea of a bond holiday took root somewhere, if not at the municipal level. With no school bonds slated for the ballot and municipal bond proposals at a relatively low level there appears to be recognition that the electorate is feeling cautious about spending issues. But it’s also fair to say that there’s a wide variety of perspectives on bonds; if you have kids at Service high school, which is next in line for reconstruction, you may not be so thrilled about the School Board’s decision while neighbors with kids at South high school, which is relatively new, might feel just fine.
All that said, it’ll be interesting to hear the discussion on February 2. Only three of eight bond proposals gained voter approval last year (roads, fire and public safety & transportation [barely]) so I’m curious to see if the bond holiday remains a popular concept the School Board was wise to adopt or if the idea has lost favor with Anchorage residents. We’ll see…
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