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Jimi Cash runs for reelection to Borough Assembly Seat E

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 10:26 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Jimi Cash is running for reelection to Seat E in the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.

He said he is running for the same reason he ran originally, which was because he felt that he wasn’t being heard by the borough government.

“I just want to be a part of preserving the Fairbanks and the community that we all know and love,” Cash said.

“The elephant in the room pretty much every year is the budget,” he said, adding, “This last year, we came into it with about a 13 million dollar shortfall. We were able to cut about 6 million dollars out, and the rest, the other 7 million, was covered by a lawsuit windfall that we got, but going into this next budget cycle, we’re going to be 7 million dollars short right off the bat.”

He said raising taxes is the last thing that should be done.

“My biggest thing is just to be a voice for people like myself who aren’t feeling heard. We don’t want to see our property taxes go up every year. And I mentioned this last year, and this is still really true to me, is that I think it’s really important looking at a set of philosophies. Mine is smaller government, less burden on taxpayers. And so everything that I look at, every ordinance, every resolution, all that, is going to go through that lens. That’s what I’ve done over the last year, and that’s what I plan to continue to do,” Cash said.

He went on to say these philosophies mean making sure there are no unnecessary redundancies, and no purchases or new employees that are not needed. “In this last budget cycle, that was one thing that residents got really up in arms about, is we brought on new employees to the borough. That’s something that I pushed against, and I would obviously continue to do so. With this budget shortfall that we’re seeing, and the state giving less money to the school district and to the borough, we’re going to have to watch what we’re doing with our money.”

“If you share those philosophies of smaller government and lower property taxes, more property rights, then I would ask for your vote,” Cash said.

He added that it is important to get out and vote. “With all the things that are going on nationally, that tends to steal all the headlines, but the reality is local elections are the most important. Because those are the decisions that are going to, in fact, impact your property taxes, everything to the dogcatcher. And the decisions that are made on the borough today will affect you tomorrow. Not months or years down the line in some ambiguous way.”

Cash is running against Shaun Tacke in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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