2021 Resolutions

Approved at the Annual Business Meeting on November 20, 2020

AML resolutions are member-driven and have been approved by a majority of members participating in the Annual Business Meeting. Prior year resolutions have been brought forward and updated as relevant, and this list includes resolutions from 2019 through 2021. AML’s Legislative Committee works with staff and our lobbying team to advance these, especially as prioritized by the board and that Committee. AML Resolutions reflect a continuing interest in changes at the State and Federal levels that would benefit local government, and/or mitigate negative impacts.

2021 Principles and Policy Statements

2019-01: Alaska Municipal League supports the development of a Community Dividend.

2019-02: Alaska Municipal League requests that the Alaska State Legislature fund the Senior Citizen’s/Disabled Veteran’s property tax exemption as required in AS 29.45.030(g).

2019-03: Alaska Municipal League is in support of full funding from the State of Alaska for school bond debt reimbursement and State aid for construction in Regional Education Attendance Areas.

2019-04: Alaska Municipal League supports legislation adopting real property sales disclosure in Alaska.

2019-05: Alaska Municipal League supports increased investment in the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund, and continued support for existing State energy and energy efficiency programs.

2019-06: Alaska Municipal League supports the State’s implementation of a broad-based tax.

2019-07: Alaska Municipal League requests Title 29 be amended to remove the audit requirement for Community Assistance, and provide a one-time waiver of past audit requirements, thereby releasing all outstanding Community Revenue Sharing/Assistance funds.

2019-08: Alaska Municipal League requests that the Governor and Alaska State Legislature provide a one-time payoff of PERS arrearages.

2020-01: Alaska Municipal League encourages the Legislature to meet as the Assembly of the Unorganized Borough, and to take up its governance as required by the Constitution.

2020-02: Alaska Municipal League opposes decisions by DOT&PF to increase their indirect rates; supporting increased funding for the Community Transportation Program; and encouraging policy to enable local-delivered projects and locally managed federal funds.

2020-03: Alaska Municipal League expresses support for rural law enforcement efforts such as the VPO and VPSO program, while recognizing the need for increased investment and the potential for reform to ensure both public safety and the sustainability of law enforcement efforts in rural Alaska.

2020-04: Alaska Municipal League opposes any increase to the required minimum local contribution or decreases to State funding levels; removing the maximum local contribution allowable; and considering Impact Aid as part of the local contribution.

2020-05: Alaska Municipal League expresses support for reform to PERS that includes a complete pay-down of the unfunded liability; conditionally, requesting that the State also conduct termination studies, small or struggling employers be allowed to opt out of the system, and that the high interest rate on non-payment be eliminated.

2020-06: Alaska Municipal League is in support of economic, resource and infrastructure development that benefits local governments, the State of Alaska, and Alaska residents.

2020-07: Alaska Municipal League supports full payment of currently obligated school bond debt reimbursement; opposing an extension to the school bond debt reimbursement moratorium; and supporting a careful and deliberate reform of State support of school construction and maintenance.

2020-08: Alaska Municipal League encourages the State of Alaska to develop a plan to transfer authority to accept federal funds from the State directly to local governments or their designee.

2020-09: Alaska Municipal League supports the effort to maximize local self-government, respect local control, and encourage the State to provide funding for the adoption of powers and incorporation, including borough formation where feasible.

2020-10: Alaska Municipal League supports reform of the USDA Forest Service Secure Rural Schools program to include long-term certainty and sustainability of funding.

2020-11: Alaska Municipal League is in support of reform of the PILT funding formula to extend multipliers to smaller population counties (boroughs), and permanently authorizing the program.

2020-12: Alaska Municipal League supports the Legislature’s efforts toward consensus on the Permanent Fund Dividend.

2020-13: Alaska Municipal League supports the sustainability of the Alaska Universal Service Fund (AUSF) and increased investment in rural infrastructure and affordability.

2020-14: Alaska Municipal League opposes any State action that would diminish the ability of local governments to tax or receive a share of State tax on local economic activity.

2020-15: Alaska Municipal League considers the reductions to funding for the Alaska Marine Highway System in FY20 and the changes to the winter schedule unacceptable; opposes any further reduction to the System’s budget and supports reform that is sustainable and responsive to the needs of coastal communities.

2020-16: Alaska Municipal League opposes any further reductions to Community Assistance and in support of an appropriation to the Community Assistance Fund that would bring the Fund total back up to $90 million.

2020-17: Alaska Municipal League supports Amendments to AS 29.45.500 to Require Municipalities to Pay Reasonable Interest on Tax Refunds.

2020-18: Alaska Municipal League requests that the Alaska State Legislature approve an infrastructure general obligation bond.

2021-01: Alaska Municipal League is in support of a legislative process that recognizes local governments as inherent partners in the delivery of State objectives.

2021-02: Alaska Municipal League requests that the Legislature review and make optional exemptions that are more appropriately decided at the local level.

2021-03: Alaska Municipal League is in support for State policy and budget development that reflects a sustainable draw from the Permanent Fund’s Earnings Reserve.

2021-04: Alaska Municipal League recommends the transfer of PCE endowment assets and distributions responsibilities outside the State’s management and the Legislature’s appropriating authority.

2021-05: Alaska Municipal League encourages collaboration that fosters new approaches to public education, and sufficient and consistent funding.

2021-06: Alaska Municipal League supports a statewide comprehensive health initiative.

2021-07: Alaska Municipal League requests renewed State support and increased funding for local emergency planning committees and preparedness.

2021-08: Alaska Municipal League is in support of a balanced approach to addressing the State of Alaska’s deficit and continuing fiscal challenges.

2021-09: Alaska Municipal League is in support of increased funding for community and regional jails, and a base level of funding for Village Police Officers.

2021-10: Alaska Municipal League is in appreciation for the State’s response to COVID-19, the public health emergency and economic crisis.

2021-11: Alaska Municipal League is in support of full funding ($14,049,988) for the State of Alaska Municipal Harbor Facility Grant Program in the FY22 State Capital Budget.

2021-12: Alaska Municipal League is in support of an Alaska Multi-Modal Transportation System.

2021-13: Alaska Municipal League is in support for establishing standards and regulations for unorganized boroughs.