Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has proposed eliminating the city's $205,000 yearly contribution to Anchorage Youth Court, where youthful offenders can be judged by people their own age instead of going through the regular juvenile justice system.
The Anchorage Daily News says the city is the program's largest funding source.
Sullivan's proposal is for the 2013 city budget. He says every department had to find savings, with anticipated spending in 2013 outpacing expected revenues.
Anchorage Assemblyman Dick Traini says he'll fight to reinstate funding.
Supporters of the program say they'll have people testifying at two city budget hearings at the Assembly, one on Tuesday and the other on October 30.