Mat-Su Assembly votes down free dump days following earthquake
The Mat-Su Borough Assembly voted down a resolution to waive fees at the Central Landfill for residents following Friday's 7.0 earthquake.
The Municipality of Anchorage will give people free access to the Anchorage Landfill and Central Transfer Station through Dec. 8.
At an emergency meeting on Tuesday, during which the Assembly approved spending $11.2 million on earthquake repairs, several borough Assembly members said it was important to give people a place to get rid of their destroyed property.
"It's not anyone's fault we had an earthquake but they feel victimized," said member Dan Mayfield. "Just giving them this minor allocation of letting them dump their damaged debris, it's something that will give a lot of them some peace of mind and some faith in our borough government."
Member Tam Boeve agreed and said it was an issue for people in her district.
"There is cost with this. There's the cost of not having this. I'm pretty sure there are people in my district who won't dispose of items properly if it's not free," Boeve said.
Two Assembly members, George McKee and Jesse Sumner, voted against the measure.
Mayfield voiced his disappointment on social media.
In a Facebook post, he wrote all that six members who were present for the meeting needed to vote in favor for it to pass because it was an emergency meeting.
"Government has the duty to make sure we spend taxpayer money wisely," Mayfield wrote. "At the same time, we must remember that we represent people and that in time of disaster, we need to be there to help. In my opinion, we failed to do that. I am sorry."
Mayfield vowed to bring the measure up again at the Dec. 11 meeting, when regular rules state the majority only needs four votes.
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