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Enterprise fund exploration

Anchorage’s local government includes five so-called enterprise activities which, via fees and other payments, earn the revenue necessary to fund their operations.  While their workforce is still comprised of municipal employees they do operate somewhat independently of the remainder of city government.

My colleague Bill Starr, who chairs the Assembly’s Budget & Finance committee, asked me to do some extra review of the enterprise-funded budgets.  To that end we will meet on Monday, November 1, from 1 – 3:30 pm at City Hall in room 155 to go over those respective budgets in more detail than a later work session will allow.  Here’s the schedule:

  • 1:00 pm – Solid Waste Services
  • 1:30 pm – AWWU
  • 2:00 pm – Port of Anchorage
  • 2:30 pm – ML&P
  • 3:00 pm – Merrill Field

Some of the topics we’ll discuss include longer-term budget projections, capital budgets, and expected near- and long-term rate changes (and how those revenue will flow through those operations).  It should be an interesting discussion and I’ll try to provide a summary after the fact!



This contribution was made on Wednesday, 27. October 2010 at 01:17 and was published under the category Fiscal matters. You can follow comments on this entry through the RSS-Feed.

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  1. Pat:

    I am sorry I was unable to attend this work session. Utility costs have risen faster than inflation by a huge factor. AWWU was approximately $45 per month for a cingle family home 5 years ago and is now over $70. There are costs that are wold not be incurred if they were private such as stuffing envelopes with propaganda from the Mayor’s office and solicitations from the Zoo and others.
    Water is basically free and the treated water ends up in the inlet. We have built no additional treatment plants and new lines are paid for by the rate payers so the only thing to increase in costs, substantially, are wages. something is out of control.

    SWS is a study in waste and ineptitude. The collection service is only sucessful because prior assemblys have passed laws that we all have to pay them whether we use the service or not.

    ML&p has been hampered with polical employees in the past which have driven up costs. Friends that have airplanes at Merrill Field can’t figure out what all the office employees working there could possibly be doing.

    The problem that i see with the enterprise activities is that they are still associated with the Muni. We need to divest with the possible exception of teh dump and the port but I bet we could divest ourselves of those also and then the Muni would have a lot more time to be concerned with Governance.

    Tom McGrath

    Comment: Tom McGrath – 02. November 2010 @ 10:33 am

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