Kathy Campbell ; Mark Parrott, P.E.; Michelle Desrochers, P.E.; Peter Hewko; and Michael Schmetzer, P.E. YUKON FLATS REGIONAL GOVERNMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY Alaska local government, yukon flats, TAPS, Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, taxation, boundries

YUKON FLATS REGIONAL GOVERNMENT FEASIBILITY STUDY

In 2004 and 2005 the leaders of the Athabascan communities of the Yukon Flats organized to evaluate the formation of a local borough government. The effort was initiated in response to suggested annexation by outside governments. The potential new borough would be called the Yukon Flats Borough. With a population of approximately 1,370, the new borough would encompass an estimated 53,000 square miles, bordering the North Slope Borough (NSB) to the north and the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) to the south, and would include the unincorporated communities of Arctic Village, Beaver, Birch Creek, Chalkyitsik, Rampart, Stevens Village, Venetie, and the second-class city of Fort Yukon. The extent of the model borough boundary for the Yukon Flats included portions of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (TAPS). This study has been prepared to satisfy two primary purposes as follows: 1) Provide the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG) with a preliminary planning document that provides some measure of assistance in evaluating the possible formation of a borough government in the Yukon Flats. 2) Satisfy the requirements for the authors who are completing graduate degrees in engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2005. The study indicated the economics favored formation of a home-rule borough.