Public has say on Anchorage budget

Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The public will have its say on Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's proposed $421 million budget for next year that cuts 200 city positions and reduces some services.

The Anchorage Assembly held a public hearing Tuesday night and has planned another for next Tuesday. Assembly members have had the proposal since the first of the month.

The new mayor has said wage increases related to labor agreements approved late last year mean the city's finances will be squeezed for years to come. Sullivan has said he will keep police and firefighters a priority.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Sullivan also has said he wants to focus what city grant money is available on programs that serve young people.

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