Assembly unanimously passes $467 million budget

Nathaniel Herz

The Anchorage Assembly unanimously passed a $467 million budget Tuesday night -- just $500,000 higher than the one proposed by Mayor Dan Sullivan, and still $1.4 million below the city's tax cap.

While the total is only $500,000 above Sullivan's proposal, the Assembly's budget will require an extra $1.7 million in property taxes, after members approved a measure that reduces the amount of money the city gets from the Anchorage School District to pay for police officers that work in schools.

Assembly members rejected by an 8 to 3 vote an amendment to reverse a planned increase to bus fares, which would have required a $600,000 budget boost.

But they did add about $500,000 to maintain two Anchorage Service Patrol vans, which pick up inebriates from the street, as well as $260,000 for the library, including money to boost internet speeds, and for books and subscriptions.

The Assembly's budget will raise property taxes by about $8.5 million over last year's budget, according to Chief Fiscal Officer Lucinda Mahoney -- or about $260 million total.

The budget now goes to Mayor Dan Sullivan, who can strike the amendments within seven days with a line-item veto.

He said that there were some items added by the Assembly that he would scrutinize, but declined to say which.

"We'll sit down with our team and just kind of analyze things," he said.

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