Mat Su voters reject borough-wide ban on commercial pot, early results show
The polls have closed for multiple local elections across the state. Here are the latest numbers we have.
In the Mat-Su Borough, voters rejected a ban on the commercial sale of marijuana outside cities.
With 39 precincts reporting in, Proposition B-1 has 6,739 yes votes, or 46% and 8,061 no votes, or 54%.
A proposition to tax marijuana sales in the Mat-Su at 5% passed with a large margin with 12,295 yes votes ,or 84%, and 23,45 no votes, or 16%. All but two precincts are reporting.
Fairbanks North Star Borough voters approved $13 million in bonds to fund the capital maintenance of Borough facilities.
With 92% of precincts reporting, the yes votes were 5,995, or 60.24%, and the no votes were 3,957.
A proposition to increase the maximum residential property tax exemption for qualifying taxpayer from $20,000 to $50,000 passed with 6,925 yes votes, or 69.60%, and 3,025 no votes.
Fairbanks elected a new city mayor, rejecting incumbent John Eberhart. Eberhart had 1,194 or 41.44% of the votes, and Jim Matherly has 1,447, or 50.23%.
With 100% of North Pole Precincts reporting, voters there have approved a ban on local marijuana businesses in a vote of 158 to 98.
A six percent tax on marijuana sales in the FBNSB passed with 8,580 yes votes and 1,495 no votes.
Soldotna Voters decided on a home rule charter. Cities and boroughs within the state of Alaska are organized into home rule or general law municipalities. A home rule municipality would spell out is powers through an adopted charter, which can only be adopted by voters in said municipality.
There are 354 yes votes for the home rule charter and 197 against.
Kenai voters voted for multiple councilpersons as well as a new mayor. For the position of mayor, the vote is close with Brian Gabriel receiving 389 votes and Harold Smalley receiving 383 votes with 60% of precincts reporting.
The City and Borough of Juneau approved a five-year extension for a temporary three-percent sales tax there. With all 13 precincts reporting the yes votes were 4,870 and the no votes 1,555.
A vote to make the tax permanent beginning July 1, 2022 failed with 2,041 yes votes and 4,359 no votes.
A proposition to tax marijuana sales passed with 5,552 yes votes and 857 no votes.
Results are unofficial and votes are still being tallied.