Chugiak-Eagle River secession backers to hold May 3 meeting

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 12:57
  • Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Backers of a proposal to detach Chugiak-Eagle River from the Municipality of Anchorage will hold a meeting to discuss their plan from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Eagle River Lions Club at the intersection of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road (across from Walmart).

The group is hoping to raise money to conduct a feasibility study for the proposal to create a separate municipality consisting of Eagle River, Chugiak, Peters Creek, Eklutna and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Once it conducts a feasibility study, the group would like to make a proposal to the Local Boundary Commission before either putting the issue before voters in Assembly District 2 or submitting a proposal to the Legislature.

Residents of the Chugiak-Eagle River area have long protested their inclusion into the Municipality of Anchorage. Against the wishes of locals, the area was included in the Anchorage Borough when it was formed by the Alaska Legislature in 1964. In 1974, the late Lee Jordan led an effort to secede from the Municipality of Anchorage that was ruled unconstitutional by the Alaska Supreme Court.

A municipal-funded study done in 2007 concluded such a detachment would result in increased taxes and fewer services for residents of the new municipality, but EaglExit backers say they can create a smaller, more efficient local government and school district.

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