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Special Assembly meeting Monday to fix mistakes in CARES Act funding

The Anchorage Assembly made mistakes in how it handled the CARES Act money when it played a shell game last year in order to buy a hotel or two for drug addicts.

Now, it has discovered that its mistakes impact property tax payers from Girdwood to Chugiak — drastically.

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A special meeting of the Anchorage Assembly has been called for Monday at 6 pm to try to resolve the matter as a critical deadline approaches.

The matter came to light when Girdwood Board of Supervisors Co-Chair Mike Edgington caught the mistake and brought it to the attention of the Administration after the Assembly voted on the rate of tax levy on Tuesday.

At issue is legal usage of CARES Act funds, which former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and the liberal members of the Assembly wanted to use to pay for a massive homelessness industrial complex in Anchorage, with shelters and wrap-around services next to neighborhoods full of children.

When that CARES Act money was discovered to be improperly used for the hotels, the Municipality moved it over to cover police and fire response, and shifted police and fire money over to pay for the hotels.

That caused an unintended imbalance in the tax levy, pushing a drastically increased tax levy for Girdwood, Chugiak, and other tax districts outside of the APD and/or AFD service areas.

The mill rate notices must be in the mail by May 15, and the municipality’s property appraisal office needs 10 days between finalizing the mill rate and preparing and printing the tax notices. Therefore, the Monday meeting of the Assembly is somewhat of an emergency meeting.

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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. And did our dear friend Forrest Dunbar have anything to do with this shell game? WHY, YES! YES he did!

  2. We the People told the Marxist Assembly they were misusing Covid funds, but they didn’t listen. Instead they were contemptuous and arrogant. Vote NO to Dunbar!

  3. I am thinking this 30-56 age liberal cartel is leading Anchorage on the cuff, they sound like they don’t know what they are doing. They don’t know where they are driving the people of Anchorage while assuring us to trust them like a boyfriend saying, ‘I don’t know where I am going but you can trust me.’

  4. Oh wow, another language shift. “Fraud” and “lying” and “stealing” are all neatly encapsulated in the single word “mistake “. Democrats are just so efficient.

  5. These clowns just keep chasing their tails. Isn’t it interesting… if you just do the right thing in the beginning, you wouldn’t have to spend all your time covering your tracks. I think of these communists and I taste vomit in my mouth.

  6. Didn’t Quinn-Davidson nix at least two of the building purchases? If so, where is that loot? Perhaps Dunbar can find it under a different walnut shell. 🤦‍♂️

    Forrest Dunbar should change his campaign signs to:

  7. Man. First, get rid of C19 restrictions and now a special meeting to address their ineptitude ALL before the runoff election. They’re pulling all the stops on this one. Dunbar must REALLY be falling in the polls.

  8. Did the Assembly (minus Jamie Allard) have another timely revelation regarding this issue – along the lines of recently easing lockdown restrictions – or did the quaint community of Girdwood have to do their job for them? Either way it’s another case of their pants being down around their ankles as the curtain is swiftly pulled back. Oh, and if you hadn’t heard, John Weddleton wrote an article in the ADN giving a full-throated endorsement of Dunbar. Wow. He must have been using aerosol fixatives in an unventilated room.

  9. In their zeal to spend the windfall of “free money”, the communists in charge of City Hall (disgraced former mayor Berkowitz and a compliant Assembly), set those of us that live along Turnagain Arm up to foot the bill for their agenda of pet social engineering projects. All the while, keeping their foot on the neck of the economy, ignoring the charter as it pertains to backfilling vacant positions, keeping the public out of public meetings, etc., etc.
    Elections continue to have consequences, and unless, and until, conservatives in the city start showing up to vote, and stop trying to “out-moderate” one another as candidates, those consequences will become more and more catastrophic each and every year.
    Well done. Well done indeed.

  10. And keep in mind the large amount of property tax funds Anchorage will not have because Ethan and the boys let condo development go forth with 30 years of property tax forgiveness in the Buttress area so the left wing elite could fill their restaurants and gift shops downtown. …and the rest of us nobodies will foot the tax bill for them with our property.

  11. Well, it is a nasty surprise to find like Turnagain Arm countrymen did that their muni taxes are up an obese 45 percent! How much will yours be up per the vapid efforts of the unelected Mayor and gang? Are you ready?

  12. Lol “mistakes” sure lawless assembly, sure. More like intention money grab and you got caught

  13. Will the CPA be attending? It may be a bit lonely
    Perhaps all the CPAs should attend and plan on squeaking.

  14. When you allow a politician to break the law because of a crisis, that politician will create a “crisis” in order to break the law.

  15. What you have to remember about leftists, is that they are corrupt, sure, but also usually quite thick. A hatred of their fellow man, and absolutely no moral restraint of any kind, allows them to overcome their lack of intelligence, in most, but not all cases..

  16. Berkowitz and his band of spending bunnies should held accountable for this malfeasance in a court of law. Their actions were ‘premeditated collusion’ to fool the otherwise trusting populus into fulfilling the liberal agenda.

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