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A "service area" is a geographic area of the borough designated by ordinance, in accordance with Fairbanks North Star Borough 1.12.150 and Alaska Statute 29.35, within which the borough provides a service not otherwise provided.
Not all taxes are created equal; The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a second-class borough and, therefore, does not have area-wide road powers. Only an area that has elected to allow the borough to collect additional taxes for special services is able to maintain its roads.
Title 12 of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Code of Ordinances, Protection of Public Roads and Areas, specifically prohibits encroachments of the road and the road right-of-way. The practice of moving snow to the road is considered an encroachment because it may create hazards for road users and the hardened snow berms interfere with the snow removal contractors operations.. An encroachment exists when snow is placed on a service area road by a resident, or when vehicles are parked or abandoned on a service area road.
Title 12 of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Code of Ordinances, Protection of Public Roads and Areas, specifically prohibits encroachments of the road and the road right-of-way. An encroachment exists when snow is placed on a service area road by a resident or when vehicles are parked or abandoned on a service area road. Vehicles that are parked or abandoned on a service area road may be removed by Fairbanks North Star Borough upon request of the commission. Rural Services will post the vehicle to warn a resident of an impending tow.
This is a frequently asked question by residents new to the Fairbanks North Star Borough, or by residents moving outside of a city to borough jurisdiction.
On January 1, 1964, Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) was incorporated as a second class borough. A second class borough does not have area-wide powers by Alaska Statute (AS) 29.35.490, however, may establish service areas if a majority of residents living in the area vote to do so in a special service area election. Without area-wide road powers, the borough may only collect taxes for road maintenance if voted to do so by the residents in the area.
FNSB has the following service areas:
A list of FNSB service areas can be found in chapter 14.08 of the FNSB Code of Ordinances.
Each service area determines the level of service they are willing to support by voting on a funding level. Tax caps exist in each service area, so additional funds for road maintenance are not available without a majority vote of the residents of the area.
Road service area commissioners are responsible for the day-to-day maintenance operations within the service area boundaries. Fairbanks North Star Borough has a total of 426 commission seats for road/sewer/street light service areas. Here are examples of some of their duties:
As a resident of the service area:
To be considered for appointment by the mayor for a road service area, you must meet the following requirements: