Voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough will see an advisory question on police powers on the ballot on Oct. 2. The proposition is advisory only. Any future plan to obtain police powers will require additional voter approval.
The legislation was adopted by the Assembly on July 31. Here is how the question reads:
Advisory Vote on Police Powers
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough does not have police powers. Without police powers, the Borough cannot contract for additional State Troopers or City Police coverage, contract directly for police officers, create police service districts, or other possible options to provide for enhanced police service. If granted police powers, the Borough could pursue these options and still allow the Cities to maintain their own police departments if the Cities agree. Any future plan to obtain police powers will require additional voter approval.
Should the Matanuska-Susitna Borough investigate and consider steps to develop a proposal to voters that adds police powers to its responsibilities?
For more information contact Borough Clerk Lonnie McKechnie at (907) 861-8445 or Public Affairs Director Patty Sullivan at (907) 861-8577.