Delta Mine Training
Delta Mine Training Center -- May 15, 2000
Deltana Borough Petition
The state of Alaska denied the Deltana Borough submitted in March. In a letter from DCED Municipal and Regional Assistance Division director Pat Poland, the state indicated that the petition was "that the petition is significantly lacking in aspects of form and content."
Delta News Web -- May 15, 2000
Deltana Borough Comments
As a continuation of the last weeks column I would like to enter into a summary of the principal characteristics of the proposed Deltana Borough.
This charter has filed as a Non-unified home rule borough. The charter creates a level of government separate from the City of Delta. At recent meetings I have attended, the borough steering committee has expressed concern about accepting supposed liabilities that the City of Delta either has, or might accrue. This is the reason given for creating another level of government. Dan Bockhorst explained that under certain circumstances a borough could protect itself from some liabilities, but ultimately would have to accept responsibility. Likewise any assets the City might have would become assets of the borough. Under a Non-unified home rule the borough remains separate from the City on all accounts.
The area of the proposed borough follows somewhat the boundaries of the Regional Education Attendance Area for our district. It also makes an inclusion into the Alaska Gateway School District. This inclusion into another REAAs boundaries does not conform to the model borough boundaries adopted by the Local Boundary Commission. This is part of the reason that the charter has not yet been accepted for filing and is under review.
Area wide powers that the borough would have that are required by State law are:
Area wide powers that the borough would have that are not required by State law are:
Proposed area wide taxes are set in the charter at 7mills (that is $700.00 on $100,000.00). There is also a Natural Resource tax of 3% (three percent) of the gross. Todd Zacgho inquired of Bockhorst if Native Land Allotments were taxable. Dan said that if they were developed commercially they were taxable otherwise were not. State law also mandates that certain properties be exempt from taxation: the primary residence of senior citizens and disabled veterans. I can not attempt to give every detail of the charter but there are many more exemptions allowed. During the meeting Dan had told us that approximately 4mls would be required to support the school. That is seen as the primary purpose of any borough. Kassie asked if, since SB30 (1997) had requested a 6mil tax on unorganized boroughs and 4mls has to go to the school, in the State of Alaskas estimation was the cost of administering the 4ml tax approximately 2mils? Dan said that was probably the case. With a tax rate of 7mls in the proposed charter, what can the assembly hope to accomplish with the remaining 1ml?
The Permanent Fund established by the charter allows the principal, or portion of the principal, to be used only for purposes approved by a majority of the voters voting on a ballot proposition in a regular or special election. The earnings of the Trust Fund will be available for appropriation by the assembly.
Article VI provides for an elected sheriff. There are no elected State law enforcement officials in Alaska. Further the Dept. of Community and Economic Development knows of no current elected local law enforcement officials in Alaska. These facts would seem to leave the future inclusion of this Article in doubt.
In closing I would like to point out that, within this charter, there are five points that the Boundary Commission has said are inconsistent with State statute. These points will need to be resolved before the charter is accepted for filing.
Delta area residents with questions or concerns regarding this matter are urged to attend meetings with Deltana Community Corporation. We need to know what course you would prefer the Deltana Board to follow. The next meeting is May 11, 7:00p.m. at the Clearwater Fire Station. All are welcome!
Deltana Community Corporation -- May 8, 2000
Going, going, gone
Delta News Web -- May 1, 2000
He Has Risen drama at DCC
Delta Christian Center -- April 25, 2000
Delta Wind Publication Schedule
The Delta Wind publication schedule is to have a paper on May 4 and May 18 and again on June 1. The staff is still blocking out the summer schedule.
David Johnson -- April 24, 2000
In wake of second death, CSPC and Burger King Again Urge Consumers to Destroy and Discard Pokemon Balls
Washington, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) and Burger King Corp. are again urging consumers to immediately destroy and discard Pokemon balls distributed with Burger King kids meals in November and December 1999.
Provided by Delta Public Health Nurse Janice Weller - May 16, 2000
Delta Visitor Center open for the Season
Delta News Web -- May 3, 2000
I LOVE YOU Computer
Remember the Melissa virus that shut down many computer systems around the world? A new virus called "I LOVE YOU" is wreaking havoc around the world.
The virus shows up as an attachment in a message, typically from someone you know and trust. If you open the attachment (double-click on it) the virus will destroy as many .jpg image and mp3 music files as it can find. It also replicates and sends itself to everyone in your address book.
Delta News Web -- May 4, 2000
Deltana Community Corporation Report
The last main purpose for the last Deltana meeting was to get information on boroughs out to the public. To that end President Paul Knopp had arranged for Dan Bockhorst and Irene Catalone to address the meeting. There were about 25 members of the public in attendance.
Paul clarified to the public that Deltana was not responsible for filing the current charter. Dan explained his job as staff to the Local Boundry Commission. A petition for incorporation of a Deltana Borough was submitted, but has not yet been accepted for filing. Dan explained that it is under review.
Because of the import and length of the meeting this article will be written in two parts. The second part will be in the next issue of the Delta Wind and online at the Delta News Web.
When and if the LBC accepts the Deltana Borough Charter there is a few options that are open to the public.
Ben Smith stated again that the legislature might force us into a borough. Kassie stated that she had spoken with the Legislative Information Office, Senator Lincolns office, and Representative Harriss office. All of them confirmed that there was no legislation pending to either tax or force unorganized areas to incorporate. Dan confirmed this also but added that there certainly was a historical precedence. He stated that 83% of all current boroughs in the State of Alaska were organized by legislative mandate. There followed some discussion between the public and Dan about why boroughs were formed. Historically the formation of boroughs had much to do with school districts and implementing tax equity. In other words "We pay taxes and you should too." Bill Johnson stated that the one reason he would be willing to support a type of borough was to have a political voice. Dan stated, that in State funding issues, for a district to be able to show that they contribute in support of their own schools was a factor.
The rumor of pending annexation by the Fairbanks Northstar Borough was brought to the floor. Paul said he believes there is no legitimate interest to annex us. Dan added that there has been no interest expressed to his office. Charlene Thomas inquired as to the process and weather or not we would be able to vote in any annexation proceedings. Dan replied that there would be public hearings but no vote.
The meeting ended with a discussion of what role Deltana Corporation should take. John Hite wants Deltana to get out of the borough business and made a motion to that end. The motion was seconded and that topic was opened to discussion. Darrell Darland stated that the motion was too restrictive of future action on Deltana Corporations part. He thought this set a dangerous precedent. Chris Christopherson said that he thought it was the responsibility of the board to address the borough question. Some people came to the meeting to express their opposition to this charter and any other charter. The discussion was lively and ended with John withdrawing his motion. More discussion followed ending with a motion being made to table the issue until the board had time to consider all aspects. The meeting adjourned at that point.
Deltana would like to extend our thanks to Dan Bockhorst and Irene Catalone for their participation in the meeting. Also thanks to the members of the public who came to get more informed and express their opinions!
The next article will get into the specifics of this particular charter. The next meeting of Deltana Community corporation will be at the Clearwater Fire station at 7:00 p.m. on May 11th. Call 895-4150 for more information.
DCC April 25, 2000