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Valley approves new budget plan

By Shannon Ballard 8:08 PM May 9, 2014

The population of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is exploding. But there’s good news for residents — property taxes are going down.

The new roughly $400 million budget adds service while lowering the rate at which property owners are taxed.

The Valley also has big plans for new school construction, roads, trails and more first-responders.

Seven paramedic and four fire captain positions were created because of the borough’s rapid growth.

Officials say the new hires address concerns about slow response times. They say the population there has doubled within a single decade.

Mat-Su Mayor Larry DeVilbiss has until May 20 to issue vetoes on the budget plan.

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