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Mayor vetoes energy amendment, says ASD funding likely to stick

By Megan Mazurek 7:52 PM April 30, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed an amendment Wednesday to reinvest money for past energy-efficiency projects.

Sullivan says energy efficiency should only be pursued when specific grant or bond money is made available for it.

On the education front, the mayor said he most likely wouldn’t veto the $5.8 million in additional school funding paid for by property taxes.

The contention wasn’t over the amount of funding to Anchorage School District, but where the money would come from.

Another $2.75 million would be added after a reallocation.

“At this stage, I don’t think there would be support for the veto,” Sullivan said. “I’m still kind of doing some analysis on that, but overall I think the sentiment was once that had passed, some of the Assembly members that voted against it, I don’t think they particularly want to revisit the subject at this stage.”

Monday’s vote was narrow. Anchorage Assembly members voted 6-5 to use property taxes to boost education funding.

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