FAIRBANKS, Alaska Friday, April 26, 2019 – Today, Borough Mayor Bryce Ward announced the launch of a new tool that will enable residents to actively balance their own version of the borough budget. This tool, “A Balancing Act” gives users the basics about the borough budget with easy to read clickable “more information” icons and pop-up windows.
Because A Balancing Act is online, it can be easily accessed by a smartphone, tablet or computer and will allow residents to participate as much or as little as they would like, as well as leave a comment, idea or suggestion that will be shared with the Borough Assembly. The platform is secure, no login is required and no user information is kept. All comments are sent anonymously. There are links to the borough budget as well as budget narratives.
A pie chart and list of “Where the money goes” (or “Spending”) includes governance, direct public services, support services, education, debt service, capital improvement plan, etc., compared with a “Revenue” list which includes taxes, charges for services, interest earnings, other local revenues, state and federal, etc., The tool also shows residents where the revenue dollars come from and where they are spent. When a visitor to the site clicks on one of the listings, it gives them the option of increasing or decreasing dollar amounts. There are also links to more detailed budget figures as well as an email link to the Borough Assembly.
Another component of A Balancing Act includes an 2019 “Estimated Tax Bill.” This feature allows the user to enter basic property assessment information and then be provided with an unofficial estimate of their tax bill and how their tax dollars are used for each service of the borough.
“We want to show residents where their tax dollars are being spent and for what services in the borough,” said Mayor Ward. “Starting today, borough residents will be able to see exactly what services their taxes are used for as well as offer their own suggestions on where and how to invest our revenues.”
The FNSB's "A Balancing Act" can be accessed here:
The Estimated Tax Receipt can be accessed here:
The Borough Assembly will take public testimony on the borough budget on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers.
For more information, please contact Lanien Livingston, Borough Public Information Office at 459-1304 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.fnsb.us.