Mat-Su Borough Assembly extends disaster declaration to Jan. 2019, appropriates $11.1 million for relief

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PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) — The Mat-Su Borough Assembly held an emergency meeting Tuesday to hear public testimony and vote on ordinances to re-appropriate funds for earthquake recovery funding, to extend the emergency declaration until Jan. 2019, and on a proposal to waive landfill fees for Mat-Su Borough residents.

Assembly members voted on an emergency ordinance to reappropriate $11.1 million for earthquake relief from three separate funds, amended down from the $14.2 million in the proposed ordinance.

$3 million will go toward borough road and infrastructure emergency response funding, and $8.1 million will go toward emergency response funding for Mat-Su Borough schools.

The Assembly passed a resolution extending the local disaster emergency declaration issued on Friday, Nov. 30 until Jan. 15, 2019.

Another resolution on the agenda, which would have waived individual landfill fees "to encourage members of the public to dispose of waste in a timely and proper manner," failed, with Assembly members Jesse Sumner from District 6 and George McKee of District 3 voting against the resolution.

A previous version of this story reported an incorrect amount of money appropriated for earthquake relief.