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 Mayor Sullivan’s proposed 1Q budget amendments focus on public safety, tax relief 

 Savings from 2010 free up funding for proposed amendments 

4/13/2011 | Contact: Sarah Erkmann 343-7103
Mayor's Office

ANCHORAGE- Mayor Dan Sullivan announced today the budget items he plans to make a priority going into the 2011 budget revision process. The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) is uniquely positioned for this year’s budget amendments because of savings realized in the 2010 budget.

The mayor’s proposed amendments represent a continued commitment to public safety, as evidenced by his proposal to apply federal grant money to hire additional firefighters and fund a police academy. Sullivan’s amendments also demonstrate fiscal responsibility by way of paying off long-standing loans and liabilities dating from 2006-08.

In 2010, the MOA was able to trim costs by $11 million by working more efficiently. As a result, Mayor Sullivan also plans to apply almost $7 million to property tax relief. By better managing overtime and drastically reducing optional spending such as employee travel, the MOA is now able to fund the aforementioned public safety items without dramatically increasing property taxes.

“I am immensely proud of the job department managers did last year in cutting costs and implementing efficiency measures,” said Mayor Sullivan. “Because of their commitment to working smarter, we can fund important city services while offering some relief to households hurting from high gas and food prices. In this economic climate, every little bit helps, and we’re pleased to be well-positioned to fund these services without overburdening taxpayers.”

Among the items for Assembly members’ consideration are:

 Fire Department:

-29 positions funded by the Federal SAFER grant

  • $1.6 million federal grant, $203,000 tax dollars

-6 EMS positions for Medic #7

  • Cost of $349,000 approved by voters

Police Department:

-$882,000 for 28-person Academy, training

Municipal Attorney

-$84,000 for Domestic Violence prosecutor

First quarter budget decisions will determine the basis for setting the mill levy for property taxes.  Under the Mayor’s proposal and the already-approved school district budget, property taxes would annually increase $25 per $100,000 assessed value.

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