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Mat-Su Borough voters reject sales tax proposal

Rindi White

PALMER -- Both a proposed sales tax/property tax cap proposition and a $31.7 million school repair were headed for defeat in Tuesday's voting in the Mat-Su Borough.

According to the borough, 1,423 absentee ballots were also left to be counted, as were 513 questioned ballots and 21 special-needs ballots. Those will be counted later this month. The borough clerk's office said results should be finalized on Oct. 20.

The sales tax proposal lost by a wide margin. More than 9,400 voters cast ballots against the tax measure, and more than 2,800 voters supported it. The proposition was touted as a revenue-neutral tax that would have instituted a 3 percent sales tax in exchange for a 7.3 mill rate on property tax. Currently, borough residents pay 9.98 mills, plus road and fire service area taxes. The measure included a $20,000 rebate on residential property assessments and would have expired on June 30, 2014.

Proposition 2, a $31.7 million bond package for school district building renovations, also appeared to be failing, according to unofficial results. The bond package covered roof repairs, new fire alarm systems and new floors and parking lot improvements.

Incumbents were tossed out in voting for several positions, while on the school board incumbents largely kept their seats.

Here are the final numbers with all precincts reporting:

Mat-Su Mayor

• Talis Colberg (incumbent) - 9,001 votes

• John Leiner - 2,207 votes

Assembly District 3

• Ronald Arvin - 929 votes

• Michelle Church (incumbent) - 660 votes

Assembly District 6

• Jim Colver - 849 votes

• Jim Turner - 781 votes

• Robert Wells (incumbent) - 258 votes

Assembly District 7

• Vern Halter - 1,049 votes

• Doyle Holmes - 864 votes

Mat-Su School Bonds

• Yes - 5,814

• No - 6,297

Mat-Su School Board

Seat A

• Adam Boyd - 3,279 votes

• Jamey Duhamel - 1,191 votes

• Michael Dunleavy - 4,972 votes

• Neal Lacy - 1,092 votes

Seat B

• Robert Doyle - 4,159 votes

• James Tapley - 1,423 votes

• Sarah Welton (incumbent) - 4,898 votes

Seat E

• Dave Anderton - 2,513 votes

• Julie Collins - 3,291 votes

• Erick Cordero (incumbent) - 3,952 votes

Wasilla City Council

Seat A

• Ron Cox (incumbent) - 294 votes

• Taffina Katkus - 345 votes

• Steve Menard - 246 votes

Seat B

• Doug Holler (incumbent) - 665 votes

Palmer City Council

In this election, the candidates, both incumbents, were running unopposed for two at-large seats on the council.

• Richard Best (incumbent) - 365 votes

• Kenneth Erbey (incumbent) - 370 votes

Houston City Council

Seat C

• Kathleen Barney - 76 votes

• Joshua Hanford - 72 votes

• Natasha Schachle (incumbent) - 124 votes

Seat D

• Lance Wilson (incumbent) - 161 votes

Houston Proposition 1, raising sales tax on fireworks from 2 percent to 4 percent until 2013 and directing the revenue toward police and fire services

• Yes - 147

• No - 137

Houston Proposition 2, applying to become a first-class city

• Yes - 132

• No - 152

Houston Proposition 3, if the city becomes a first-class city, mayoral term length

• 3 years - 231

• 4 years - 36

Houston Proposition 4, if the city becomes a first-class city and allows election of mayors, should there be term limits?

• Yes - 250

• No - 25


By RINDI WHITE
rwhite@adn.com