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Candidate Profile: Lance Roberts runs for Borough Assembly Seat G

Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 4:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Lance Roberts is running for Seat G on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.

He said he is running in order to lower the budget, the tax burden and fix the borough’s zoning laws. “I had served two terms before. We got a lot done. We lowered taxes. We cleaned up a lot of the code and made things easier on people. We put in an Amnesty Ordinance for people who have zoning issues so they’d be able to finance their houses, but since then, in the three years since then, I’ve had a lot of constituents call me for help with the borough system, and I’ve seen some of the issues that we still have.”

“I did over a hundred ordinances and resolutions when I was on the Borough Assembly, and most of that came out of constituents having issues and us needing to fix their problem, or fix the code that was messing them up. Sometimes laws can be written way too tightly, and they just don’t need to be,” he said.

According to Roberts, the borough has limited powers. “I’m fine with most of what the borough is doing, but it’s doing it, sometimes, on a larger scale than it needs to. Sometimes it’s a little invasive, and so we need to see about peeling some of that back. It’d be great to find more volunteers to help with certain things. For example, when I was on the assembly, we turned a park over to the Pleasant Valley Association, so they own the park now. As long as they keep it a park, they can maintain it. It takes the burden off the taxpayers, so that’s important. Selling land, I was on the Land Management Commission when I was on the assembly, and so it’s always important for me that we are able to sell our land and get it out into the public, which puts it on the tax rolls and helps to lower the tax burden for everyone else.”

He said he was born and raised in Fairbanks, and wants to see it go in the right direction. “Right now, at the national level and even at the state level, we got kind of a mess going on, and there’s some things happening that are not helping Alaska, and they’re not helping us individually. They’re taking the economy in a really bad direction. Inflation is going to skyrocket, so we need to do something at the local level that we can do. We can make life easier at the local level, so you don’t have to deal with that stress, and by putting some more money in your pocket, you can deal with the stress that the federal government is causing.”

Roberts said his experience means voters know he’s going to do what he says he will. “Last time, I fought every single time to lower the budget, and I did a lot of work with land-use issues and in protecting the road and fire service commissions, so I’ve got the experience and the proven track record that I will do what I say I’m going to do, and get some things done.”

Roberts is running against Kristan Kelly in the municipal elections on October 5th.

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