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Voters rejected the effort by a 12 percent margin, according to unofficial figures provided by Mayor Bob Harcharek. The proposal, placed on the ballot by petition, would have allowed local liquor sales in the North Slope city for the first time since at least 1997.
Only 90 absentee and questioned ballots remained to be counted, according to unofficial results.
The liquor store could have poured $500,000 to $1.5 million a year into city coffers, Harcharek said, but many Barrow residents worried it would have increased alcohol abuse and alcohol related deaths in the community.
Two Barrow city council seats also were on the ballot. George Olemaun defeated incumbent Mike Schults and others by more than 100 votes, Harcharek said. Incumbent Lloyd Leavitt also lost his seat. Qaiyaan Harcharek is leading that race with 378 votes, followed by Carolyn Thompson (330) and Leavitt (288), the mayor said in a short phone interview today.
Valley voters approved about $246.7 million in school and road bonds. The new construction projects are expected to cost the average homeowner more than $230 in taxes each year, according to borough figures.
In the Assembly races, Steve Colligan is leading Pat Johnson in the race to replace Mark Ewing of Wasilla. Co fake rolex lligan holds about 55 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
In the school board contest, incumbent Erick Cordero beat Lynette Warhus 3,898 2,624.
Read the results here. Incumbents fared well in races across the Valley, the Mat Su Frontiersman reports.
Darcie Salmon was running unopposed for an Assembly seat while Ole Larson ran unopposed for school board.
Voters approved the $214.5 million school bond by a roughly 6 percent margin, according to the early figures. The bond will pay for school construction projects over a five year period.
The $32.2 million road bonds package passed by about 59 percent to 41 percent.
Someone with a $208,0 fake rolex 00 home the average median assessed value of Valley homes in 2011 will pay an additional $231.29 a year in taxes to cover the bonds, according to the borough.
The mayor’s race looks to be a close one. Only two dozen votes separate former borough Assemblywoman Charlotte Brower (559 votes) from George Ahmaogak Sr. (535 votes).
But there are also 543 write in votes many likely cast for Kaktovik tribal administrator Fenton Rexford, who is running a write in campaign.
Last I checked the results weren’t on the borough website. The numbers above are from an unofficial tally the borough sent me this morning.
Those figures are missing a small number of votes from Point Lay, said Borough Clerk Jeannie Brower. today, the borough was waiting for a plane to arrive with ballots from the village.
Votes cast in Point Lay couldn’t be counted in that community because of a paper jam in a voting machine, Brower said. The ballots will be counted by machine when they arrive in Barrow, she said.
“It’s not going to affect the results that much because there is hardly anybody in Point Lay that voted. It’s just going to put a scratch on the outcome,” Brower said.
Fairbanks North Star Borough voters rejected a proposal to impose emission standards for wood smoke. The initiative would have banned outdoor wood fired boilers and all coal burning devices within areas that don’t meet federal air quality stan fake rolex dards.
(Ever gone running outdoors in Fairbanks in the winter? You come home smelling like a wood stove.)
About 60 percent of voters said no to the proposal.
Former state Rep. John Davies won election to the Borough Assembly with 53 percent of the vote in a three way race with incumbent Joe Blanchard (25 percent) and Joshua Bennett (21 percent.)
Read fake rolex the election results here.
Borough Assembly seat D: Michael Dukes is beating Van Lawrence with 53 percent of the vote.
Borough Assembly seat E: Guy Sattley defeated a crowded field, capturing about a third of the vote. He’s followed by Ed King (22 percent), Aaron Bennett (17 percent) and Leslie McFarlane (14 percent.)