City councilman blocks federal grant proposal

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks city councilman who routinely votes unsuccessfully to reject federal grant money finally won a budget skirmish this week.

Councilman Lloyd Hilling cast the lone “no” vote Monday to submit a grant proposal for a new city ambulance.

One other councilman was absent and another late. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Hilling’s “no” vote kept the grant proposal resolution from getting the four votes it needed to pass.

Hilling is a University of Alaska Fairbanks economics instructor.

He says the city should pay for things it wants.

He says Fairbanks residents are people of means and competent to muster funds to take care of their own safety.

Hilling says it’s in a sense preposterous to be leeching off the populace of the United States for extra money.

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