Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson vetoed items from the Assembly’s budget amendments this week. The Assembly had added several items totaling about $3.6 million to the proposed $583.6 million municipal budget. The two vetoes are:
$50,000, ACDA, Municipal-wide housing study of short-term rentals
Explanation: The veto is because, per Anchorage Municipal Code 25.35.015, Anchorage Community Development Authority is independent and separate from the municipality and is not a department. ACDA cannot have direct appropriations from the municipal budget.
“While I support a municipal-wide housing study of short-term rentals this is not a legal appropriation and therefore I must veto,” Bronson said.
$119,000, Community Development/Heritage Land Bank, “To hire a real estate consultant to protect the HLB interest in the Holtan Hills land development deal, if the development agreement is approved by the Assembly”
“While I support the efforts in advancing the Holtan Hills development agreement, the proposal to utilize funding from a position that is currently filled within the Mayor’s Office is putting an individual’s employment in jeopardy, I do not condone,” Bronson said.