Two of Three Ordinances Move on to October Ballot

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - In a continuation of last week's borough assembly meeting, three ordinances were considered for placement on the October ballot.

The first ordinance that passed will require voters to approve funding for maintenance on borough facilities, such as Ben Eielson High School and Wood River Elementary.

The second ordinance, which also passed, will have voters decide whether to increase property taxes by over 8 million dollars for other facility maintenance projects.

But the third ordinance – one that did not pass — was the most contentious.

If the ordinance providing repair and maintenance to Mary Siah recreation center got approved, passed, and then a 'yes' vote, the assembly would receive the funds — but not the guarantee that those funds would be used for the popular swimming destination.

Assembly Member Kathryn Dodge took pause as she made her difficult vote.

"I am pausing because my heart wants to say yes and my head says, no. And so, my vote doesn't matter, because my vote already passed. So that's why I'm struggling. No," said Dodge.

The next borough assembly meeting will be Thursday, August 9th.