Service Area

A legal entity that funds particular governmental services. Service areas are created, altered or abolished only with the approval of a majority of those voting on the question within the affected area. Services in a specific service area are paid for from taxes on property within that area (after all other available revenue is put toward the cost of that service). Areawide services (i.e. education, emergency services) are provided to, and paid for by, taxpayers throughout the Municipality. Other services are limited to smaller geographic areas. Examples of service areas are: Chugiak Fire Service Areai (SA), Anchorage Metropolitan Police Service Area, Anchorage Roads and Drainage Service Area (ARDSA), Girdwood Valley Service Area and Glen Alps Limited Road Service Area (LRSA).

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