Kenai assembly overrides mayor's veto of fiscal plan resolution

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has reaffirmed its support for a state fiscal plan, but it had to bypass the mayor to do it.

With a 6-3 vote Tuesday night, the Assembly overrode Borough Mayor Dale Bagley's veto of a resolution that asks the Legislature to devise a plan to head off a looming fiscal crisis.

Borough assembly members spoke about the need for a stable state government, one that didn't need to consider sharp cuts in services to make ends meet.

''It's time for us to support the legislators who are working to really save Alaska at this point,'' said Tim Navarre, assembly president.

Other members, like Paul Fischer of Kasilof, questioned the dire outlook. Fischer was one of the three who voted against the veto override.

Bagley said he views the term ''long-range fiscal plan'' as a euphemism for higher taxes or capping the Permanent Fund dividend. He opposes both, favoring deeper budget cuts and new economic development.

The resolution is among several emerging from Alaska communities at the urging of the Alaska Municipal League, which lobbies lawmakers on behalf of 142 communities. The Anchorage Assembly passed a similar resolution March 5.

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