ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly voted to return more than $6 million to Anchorage property taxpayers.
The rebate came as Mayor Dan Sullivan and lawmakers debated what to do with the money, which the city received unexpectedly as a result of high state oil tax profits that are split among Alaska communities, known as revenue sharing.
Sullivan wanted to spend the money on city services, including about $2 million to pay for the extra snow removal during this record-breaking winter, and increased fuel costs, along with other city hall efficiencies.
But in a 9-2 vote, assembly members voted to send all $6 million back to taxpayers, reducing the amount of money they have to pay to City Hall. Only assemblymembers Jennifer Johnston and Patrick Flynn voted against it. It was a move originally proposed by assemblyman Bill Starr.