Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly passed the Borough’s fiscal year budget last Monday night without raising the mill rate. Assembly woman Cindy Bettine says the spending plan met approval around 10:30 pm.
Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss had called for more than two million dollars in cuts to the $378.9 million budget. The final budget figure was more like $375.4 million. That represents about $5 million for tax relief, according to Borough spokeswoman Patti Sullivan.
Assembly woman Bettine says the new budget keeps all the road service areas, and has funded an increase in highway safety personnel
The Asssembly’s move came more quickly than anticipated. Mayor DeVilbiss has until the first regularly scheduled Assembly meeting to veto the budget. That meeting is Tuesday night. DeVilbss was not available for comment on Tuesday.
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