State Revenue Sharing, Education, Local Involvement Top Priorities for AML

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

State revenue sharing, education, and local involvement in regulatory and development decisions are among the Alaska Municipal League’s top priorities for 2011.

The AML Board of Directors held its annual meeting Friday in Juneau as part of its Local Government Conference.

President Hal Smalley says AML will ask the legislature for a one-time increase in revenue sharing. The program divvies up state oil tax money for communities. But for the last couple years funding has been flat.

“It’s four years it’s been in place now, the newer program has been in place, there’s been inflation, cost of living increases. So what we used to purchase with those same dollars, it’s costing considerably more,” Smalley said.

The board also passed nearly 20 resolutions – one for changes to the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program.

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