Anchorage Assembly accepts critical audit

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to accept the findings of an investigator who found financial failings in the last months of the administration of Mark Begich as mayor.

The independent audit found the Begich administration and the assembly failed in some cases to practice prudent fiscal management.

The Anchorage Daily News reports assembly member Bill Starr plans to ask the state attorney general's office look at the situation. Other members say the assembly may need its own budget analyst or a law spelling out repercussion when the city code or charter is not followed.

Begich has been criticized for pushing long-term labor contracts in the 2009 budget. Two weeks after he left for the U.S. Senate the city faced a multimillion dollar budget shortfall.

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