A petition booklet seeking to nullify a requirement Juneau property buyers disclose the sales price is exhibited before it was turned in to the city clerk’s office earlier this month. (Courtesy of Protect Juneau Homeowners' Privacy)

Petition to nix property sale disclosure price requirement needs more signatures

Group will have additional 10 days starting Friday to gather enough signatures for fall ballot

A petition seeking a public vote on nullifying a requirement that property buyers disclose the purchase price lacks sufficient signatures to qualify for the October municipal ballot, and organizers will have 10 days beginning Friday to gather additional signatures, Juneau City Clerk Beth McEwen said Thursday.

“We are still determining the exact number of approved signatures,” she said.

A total of 2,130 signatures are needed to put the measure on the ballot. Proponents said they gathered nearly the 3,000 signatures hoped for by the June 3 deadline, but an initial city tally declared there were 2,501 registered voters signing the petition books.

“We had to disqualify a number of books outright due to various reasons,” McEwen said.

Additional scrutiny during the 10-day city review period revealed further ineligible signatures such as duplicates, she said.

The sales price disclosure policy has officially been in effect since 2020, but there were no penalties for not complying. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly in April voted to impose a $50-a-day fine for buyers failing to disclose purchase prices by June 27 or 90 days from the transaction date, whichever is later, prompting the petition drive to overturn the ordinance.

Advocates of the disclosure requirement say it increases information available to official assessors and the general public, resulting in more more accurate and equitable assessments. Those opposed to the requirement argue sales prices are not necessarily a good indicator of taxable value and it’s an invasion of the buyer’s privacy.

The group circulating the petition, Protect Juneau Homeowners’ Privacy, stated in a message Thursday they will continue high-profile efforts to get the remaining necessary signatures as soon as they pick up the additional books.

“We will be at Juneau Gold Rush Days Saturday and Sunday with a booth to collect additional signatures,” the message stated.

Juneau Empire reporter Mark Sabbatini can be reached at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com

More in News

A Princess Cruise Line ship is docked in Juneau on Aug. 25, 2021. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Ships in Port for the week of June 26

Here’s what to expect this week.

Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy 
Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday signed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Gov. Dunleavy signs $12.3B budget

PFD of about $3,200, $400 million in vetoes to Legislature-approved items among declared highlights

The Alaska Department of Health And Social Services building in Juneau has no visible signs indicating the department is splitting into two agencies as of Friday. Top officials at the department said many of the changes, both physical and in services, are likely weeks and in some cases months away. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Little sign of big change for DHSS

No commissioner at new department, other Dept. of Health and Social Services changes may take months

Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, 320 W. Willoughby Ave., will be open as a cooling center through Wednesday for elders who need a cool place during the ongoing heatwave. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Tlingit and Haida opens cooling center for elders

Keep your cool during the heatwave.

An Alaska Seaplanes Cessna 208A, seen here on the tarmac, suffered damage after failing to achieve takeoff near Elfin Cove on Sunday, June 26, 2022. (Courtesy photo / Alaska Seaplanes)
No one hurt after plane’s takeoff goes awry

The aircraft failed to achieve take off and hit the beach while leaving Elfin Cove.

A 13-year-old girl was medevaced Saturday after being struck by a vehicle near the crosswalk across Egan Drive by Gold Creek. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Teen in serious condition after SUV strikes bike

Juneau Police Department is investigating.

The Norwegian Sun sat moored in Juneau on Monday after striking striking ice Saturday afternoon near Yakutat Bay on its way to Skagway. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Update: Cruise ship that struck iceberg departs Juneau

It’s heading to Seattle for repairs.

Molly Smith directs Brad Oscar and the cast of Damn Yankees in 2005 at Arena Stage. (Courtesy Photo / Arena Stage)
Americana exceptionalism: Perseverance Theatre founder Molly Smith to retire from Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

Perseverance Theatre founder Molly Smith retiring at Arena Stage after 25 years in Washington, D.C.

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
Police calls for Tuesday, June 28, 2022

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read