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Assembly passes $467 million budget

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:22 AM November 20, 2013

No decision on proposed tennis court facility

ANCHORAGE – After hours of meetings Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly passed a $467 million municipal operating budget.

The final budget included several hundred thousand dollars more than Mayor Dan Sullivan’s original proposal, and while the legislative body came to an agreement on city spending, they postponed a contentious decision on a new tennis facility in West Anchorage.

At stake: $10.5 million in state money included with maintenance funding for existing Anchorage facilities. Some Assembly members have argued the funding should go towards upkeep costs at current public structures, while members of Anchorage’s tennis community said the state clearly intended the money to go towards a new recreation center.

For weeks, Assembly members have considered whether to spend the $10.5 million elsewhere, buy an existing Mountain View tennis facility offered for sale by the Alaska Club or proceed with construction plans near the Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena on Northern Lights Boulevard. Tuesday night, there was no resolution.

The Assembly is scheduled to continue the tennis spending debate Dec. 3.

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