Assembly to decide on city's 2012 budget

Rosemary Shinohara

The Anchorage Assembly is scheduled to decide on the city's 2012 budget tonight. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at Loussac Library.

The proposed general government operating budget is $451.8 million, a 1.9 percent increase over this year's spending plan.

Public hearings on the budget were held in previous meetings and are now closed. Discussion on the budget has so far been quiet, though a number of relatively minor amendments are up for consideration.

Among amendments:

• A proposal by Assemblyman Patrick Flynn to restore $150,000 to keep sidewalks on E and F streets downtown ice-free.

• Another proposal by Flynn to cancel the administration's plans to turn three full-time parks department employee positions into four seasonal, part-time jobs. That would cost $144,607.

• An amendment by Elvi Gray-Jackson, Harriet Drummond and Dick Traini to restore funding for two vacant library positions that are being eliminated. The cost is $126,128.

• A proposal by the same three members to provide money for a shuttle bus from People Mover connection points to the location of the new Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center building at International Airport Road and C Street.

The School Board has proposed one school bond proposition for $59.1 million.

Reach Rosemary Shinohara at or 257-4340.

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