Budget Advisory Commission

Budget Advisory Commission

Every year, local elected officials seek guidance and input from average citizens about budget-related items. In order to make that guidance more formal, the city’s Budget Advisory Commission was created to advise public officials about the city’s budget-building process. The commission is a technical advisory group made up of eleven citizens whose primary duty is to provide the assembly and the school board well-informed advise on budgets for both the Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage School District.  One of the primary ways we accomplish that task is to publish reports each year on both budgets.  The municipality report is done during October and November, the school district is January and February.  The commission breaks up into subcommittees that individually interview department heads and write up a report of their findings.  Departmental goals vs. spending, major projects and staffing levels are just a few of the items we cover.  We also provide input on specific budgetary issues as they come up for debate before the assembly or school board as well as attend work sessions and other meetings to stay well-informed.

The commission meets the first Wednesday of each month and all meetings are open to the public.  See the Budget Advisory Commission website  for information on the specific time and location.  We welcome your participation!

Shirley Nelson
Budget Advisory Commission, Chair

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