SADDLER CALLS FOR AUDIT OF VPSO PROGRAM
Rep. Dan Saddler has asked the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee for an audit of the Village Public Safety Officer program. Saddler said he he wants more information on why positions in the program are unfilled, and that housing for officers is taking up a lot of the funds. The program costs $14 million in discretionary general funds.
The program has seen a decrease in funding. The number of VPSOs has dropped from 92 in 2014 to 53 this year. It’s possible that there are other models that could provide better protection for a lower cost.
The number of grant administrators has not gone down proportionately with the drop in VPSOs. Of course.
HOMER REAFFIRMS WANTING RECALL STANDARDS
The Homer City Council says that yes, indeed, it will ask the Alaska Legislature to set standards for recalling city officials, after the community endured a brawling recall season in June of this year, with three members facing a special election.
The resolution asks the Alaska Legislature to “revisit the standard for recalling municipal officials.” Council member Tom Stroozas asked for reconsideration, but the vote on Sept. 11 went against him, 4-1.
WATCH FOR NEW MUST READ ALASKA FORMAT
Next week Must Read Alaska will look different, and hopefully improved.
Without promising exactly when we’ll roll out the new look, we just want readers to get their eyeballs ready for a more newsy approach. We’re putting the finishing touches on it and hope to transition over on Sunday night. The site may be down for several hours while we make the switch.
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