Anchorage budget comes with tough cuts

Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan has proposed dozens of layoffs and a bump in property taxes, but held off on raising taxes to the legal limit in submitting the city's next operating budget.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Sullivan proposed a budget of $435.2 million, which is $15 million short of the amount needed to pay for the same size government for the current fiscal year.

The budget calls for the elimination of about 80 vacant positions across all departments and about 30 layoffs.

Grant money could also save some jobs, including four in the city's police department.

The city would eliminate eight positions at the fire department, and close a library branch in Dimond Center.

The Anchorage Assembly is scheduled to approve a budget by the end of December.

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