Request may go on city's legislative wish list
ANCHORAGE – Some Anchorage Assembly members are questioning whether the city should have to shoulder the entire cost of a program that picks up public inebriates from downtown streets and brings them to the Anchorage Safety Center.
The assembly is considering adding a $500,000 budget request to the city wish list that will go to state legislators this session. The money would go to help keep the safety program running 24-7.
A study found that up to half of the public inebriates who use the city services most often are not actually from Anchorage. That has some calling it a statewide problem that Anchorage shouldn’t have to pay for alone. Mayor Dan Sullivan said he supports asking the state to chip in.