Three candidates compete for borough assembly seat F

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks North Star Borough has three candidates running for Assembly Seat F. Liz Lyke and Jeffrey Rentzel talk about the issue the borough faces with its tight budget.

Lyke said, "It's important that we figure out what our values are for the future and make sure we make those a priority which is tough because it's a moment right now, where the state and the borough, money is like shriveling up, and then what do we do to make sure that we have the things that are important to us and take care of the people that are important to us too."

Rentzel said, "We're going to have to cut the spending, we don't have a lot of money coming in from other agencies and the taxpayers cannot bear the burden entirely by themselves. In that issue too, it's going to take a lot of cooperation and working together to make the necessary cuts and reductions."

Lyke says looking into renewable energy sources and energy efficiency might be ways to help our economy.

Lyke said, "We're in this reality where oil and Alaska, it's sort of a hot and cold relationship, things are good and then things are great, so how do we figure out an economy that's more sustainable."

Jeffrey Rentzel says a small sales tax might be the way to earn the borough some income.

Rentzel said, "Because it not only covers property owners, it also encompasses people who rent and everybody that comes into Fairbanks, again, it's one option, it may not be the best option, and it may not be an option people like."

Lyke and Rentzel will also be running against Blaze Brooks in the election this October.