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Propositions on Tuesday's ballot require a little study

Voters will have plenty of choices in next week's municipal elections


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An insert from the city clerk's office, explaining the four propositions, was included in the Valdez Star's April 20 edition.

There may be only one candidate for mayor in the upcoming elections, but voters have a lot of decisions to make regarding the four proposition and the candidates running for city and council and school board.

Ruth Knight, a Valdez educator who is also a former council member, is the sole candidate for mayor on the ballot in Tuesday's municipal elections.

City council candidates are: Chris Moulton (incumbent), Nate Smith (incumbent) David Jonas, Dennis Fleming, Jim Shirrell (incumbent), Doug Davies and Darren Reese.

School board candidates are: Alan Sorum, an incumbent who is seeking a one-year seat that is open, Erica Shirk, an incumbent who was appointed to the board earlier this year, Sonya Ash-Selanoff, Melissa Cockerham and incumbent Joe Prax.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. this Tuesday, May 3.

Absentee voting in person will be open during regular city hall business hours until Monday, May 2.

There are four propositions on the ballot this year.

Proposition 1, if passed, will increase terms for mayor and city council to three years. The term increase will not go into effect for current council members or those elected this Tuesday.

Proposition 2 will give homeowners a property tax break on their primary residence. If passed, it will increase the exception from $20,000 to $50,000 resulting in a decrease in city-owed property tax.

Proposition 3 is an advisory vote only. It asks voters if they approve of paying city council members a $100 stipend per regular meeting and $125 per regular meeting to the mayor. The stipend would not go into effect until after the May elections in 2017.

Council does not need voter approval to pay stipends, but some council members wished to know the view of voters.

Proposition 4 is more complex.

It reads: Shall amendments be made to Chapter 12, Section 12.1 and Section 12.2 of the Valdez City Charter which shall allow the city council to establish by ordinance the policy for making contracts?

An insert from the city clerk's office, explaining the four propositions, was included in the Valdez Star's April 20 edition.

City clerk Sheri Pierce reviewing ballots with election judge Gloria Day during the 2015 elections.


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