Anchorage, Alaska

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”’Anchorage”’ is the largest city in [Alaska]. It is the 64th-largest city and northernmost major city in the United States. With 291,826 residents in 2010 (and 380,821 residents within its Metropolitan Statistical Area, which combines Anchorage with the neighboring Matanuska-Susitna Borough), it is Alaska's largest city and constitutes more than 40 percent of the state's total population; amongst the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in the state's largest city.

Anchorage has been named All-America City four times, in 1956, 1965, 1984/1985 and 2002, by the National Civic League] It has also been named by Kiplinger as the most tax friendly city in the United States.[1]

Website Evaluation

This website was last evaluated March 5, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[2]
  • Meetings
    • The calendar of meetings, meeting agendas and minutes are available. [3]
    • Meeting information is archived to 2008
  • Administration
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[4]
  • Budget
    • The current budget is published. [5]
    • Budgets are archived to 2002.
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published. [6]
    • Audits are archived to 1995.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published. [7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000. [8]
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Permit applications are available for download. [9]
    • Zoning ordinances are available. [10]
  • Lobbying
    • A list of employed lobbyists is available and memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are available. [11]
  • Public Records
    • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[12]

The bad

  • Membership dues for government sector lobbying associations are not disclosed.

Elected Officials

The Anchorage Assembly is the Municipality of Anchorage's legislative body. The eleven-member body is responsible for setting Municipal policy through enactment of laws (ordinances) and adoption of resolutions. Each Assembly member is elected by section and serves a three-year term.

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Jerry Weaver, Jr. Director Community Development
John Rodda Director Parks and Recreation
Kevin Spillers Director Emergency Management
Danielle Fegley Director Employee Relations
Pamela Basler Director Equal Rights Commission
Lucinda Mahoney Chief Fiscal Officer
Chris Bushue Fire Chief
Diane Ingle Director of Health & Human Services
Lance Ahern Chief Information Officer
Peter Raiskums Director Internal Audit
Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler
Cheryl Frasca Office of Management & Budget
Mark Mew Chief of Police
Ronald Hadden Purchasing Director
Glenn Smith Director Risk Management

Budget

The budget is $452.3 million, which is $10.4 million less than a continuation level budget and comes below the maximum amount of property taxes allowed by the tax cap.

The total budget includes more than $500,000 in spending added by members of the Assembly at tonight’s meeting. It also holds property tax increases to two percent higher than in 2011, or $7.24 more per $100,000 of assessed home value. Citizens approved half of that increase when they voted for bonds, and for the maintenance and operations costs associated with them. The remaining half was necessary to account partially for higher labor costs, with reductions in other areas accounting for the remaining increases. Included in the 2012 budget are costs resulting from the hiring of 29 new firefighters and safety officers, and 30 new police officers, reflecting Sullivan’s commitment to public safety as the top community priority.[13]

Stimulus

The city of Anchorage received $268,463,810.28 in federal stimulus funds in 37 contracts and 88 grants.[14]

Local taxes

Taxes collected in 2012 totaled $270,717,019, generating more expected revenue than in 2011 ($254,408,101). Personal property taxes are expected to generate $225,307,034, tobacco taxes $21,300,000, and MUSA/MESA taxes are expected $13,187,332.[15]

Lobbying

Main article: Alaska government sector lobbying

Anchorage spent $180,000 on lobbying the federal government the first two quarters of 2010.[16]

External Links

Municipality of Anchorage

References