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Aaron Lojewski runs for reelection to Borough Assembly Seat H

Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 4:20 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Incumbent Aaron Lojewski is running to continue serving on Seat H of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.

He said he is running for reelection because he wants to continue the important work for Fairbanks and the borough’s long-term future.

“As incredible as it may sound, the borough, prior to my involvement with it, did not have a regular and sufficient way of saving money to take care of its long-term assets, school buildings, pools, et cetera, et cetera. And the reason why it didn’t is in the past it was successfully able to ask the state for money, and the state would typically step in and help out. But the state is not in a position to do that anymore. So past that, we’re now saving actually nine percent. By code, we’re trying to save nine percent of tax revenue every year, and put that towards buildings and deferred maintenance. And that was a major accomplishment.”

Lojewski said Mayor Bryce Ward called the accomplishment “monumental.”

He said, “I think what’s very important is that the tax cap passes, is reaffirmed for the tenth or twentieth time, whatever it’s at. That keeps the borough assembly in check. If that didn’t exist, the borough assembly would be tempted to raise taxes at ever increasing levels. I personally think taxes are already too high, so I’m always looking for ways to save money. That includes what I mentioned earlier, this long-term plan of saving money for buildings. Because when we do that, we no longer need to bond, or bond as much. And that saves taxpayers the interest expense, over twenty or thirty years of the life of these bonds.”

“I am, of course always looking for ways to support property owner rights, private owner land rights, and have as much use of private land as is reasonable and practical under our code,” Lojewski said, adding, “The borough is in charge of setting up zoning requirements, and that’s a set of rules of what can be done or can’t be done in any particular piece of property. And it’s my position that people ought to be able to do as much as possible with their property. So I’m supporting maximum freedom for these.”

Lojewski used the example of an amendment where an owner would either be allowed to have one guest cabin or two on their property. “I’m going to support two over one, because I want that property owner to be able to choose what to do with their own land.”

“If you plan on being here in ten years, or twenty years, or your kids, grandkids, thirty, forty, or fifty years, I’m really the candidate for you because I am the one who is pioneering and implementing long-term, sustainable fiscal policy to right the ship here in the borough locally, and set us up for success for decades to come,” he said.

Lojewski is running against Ryan VanReenan in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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