A service area is
a taxing jurisdiction within the borough that has been established to provide a
special service such as road maintenance or fire protection. When a resident or area requests inclusion in
or removal from a service area, they must follow the steps outlined in Section
1 below. Requests are forwarded to the
FNSB Assembly for action. Section 3
applies to all requests except borough sponsored requests to remove parcels or
Only areas with publicly
dedicated rights-of-way can be annexed into road service areas. Private roads can not be maintained with public funds.
Types of annexation/boundary change
Petition based boundary change
submits a completed application to the Rural Services Division by May 15. After the request has been reviewed, the
staff will prepare a petition, a map of the annexation or removal area, and a
current tax roll of property owners.
These items are given to the sponsor.
The sponsor must obtain signatures of a majority of property owners (50%
+1) in the proposed area. Any legal
property owner, as shown on the current property tax roll within the area
proposed for boundary change, may sign the petition. The petition will serve as evidence of
sufficient interest to proceed with the change request once the required
signatures are obtained by the sponsor.
Petitions are available to sponsors on June 1.
Once the sponsor
has obtained signatures and returned the petition(s) to the Rural Services
Division, the signatures are forwarded to the Borough Clerk for
verification. Once verified, the request
is processed as outlined in Sections 2 – 3. Elections are required of both the
proposed area and the parent service area.
Consent to Annex
Where parcels are
being subdivided and the newly created parcels will access roads of an
established road service area, the subdivider is
required to request annexation to that service area. Since the property is held
by one owner, an election is not required of the requesting area. An election
of the parent service area is required.
Borough sponsored boundary change request
The Borough may
annex subdivisions/parcels into an existing service area where service area
maintained roads provide the only access to the parcel or subdivision, or where
access to service area roads is required by the subdivision plat or by other
regulation or ordinance. An election of
the parent service area is required.
Borough sponsored request to remove parcel or
The Borough may
remove parcels or subdivisions from an existing service area where the parcel
or subdivision does not rely on service area maintained roads for its only
access or where access to service area roads is required by the subdivision
plat or by other regulation or ordinance.
This is an Assembly action and no elections are required for the
requesting area or parent service area.
Processing of requests
Rural Services staff
prepares a map showing the proposed boundary change recommendation, and an
Ordinance. These are forwarded to the Borough Assembly for consideration and
schedules a public informational meeting for all proposed annexations prior to
their introduction to the Assembly.
Property owners in all areas affected by the requests are notified. Both the informational meeting and the Borough
Assembly meetings are advertised in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, noticed on
the Borough’s website, and are open to any member of the public.
Assembly will hold a meeting for public testimony prior to the approval of the
Ordinances. If the ordinances are
approved, elections will be held in all areas noted in Section 1.
Public Hearing notification and ballot request
owners are mailed notification of the public hearing before the FNSB Assembly
and instructions for requesting a ballot by mail if the ordinance is approved by
the Assembly. This information will also
be advertised in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner. Any qualified voter may request a ballot from
the Clerk’s Office, regardless of property ownership (renters may also vote in
the election). There is also a voting
booth available at the Borough Clerk’s Office, 809 Pioneer Road. A qualified voter is someone who has lived in
the proposed service area at least 30 days before the election and is
registered to vote at that address.
Election results and notification
elections must be favorable in order for an annexation to be approved. Election results are certified by the FNSB
Assembly in December. After the
certification, affected property owners will be notified of the election
results by mail. If the annexation is
approved, service areas will receive the new tax monies July 1st of
the following year.