Newsminer: Borough Mayor Whitaker looks for extra time with emergency energy spending

From the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer June 25, 2008.

FAIRBANKS — Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker has asked the Borough Assembly to extend a declared energy emergency and waive public-spending rules for a 2-month-old energy-emergency fund.

Whitaker said Thursday the cost of energy, which borough officials estimate has more than doubled on a per-household level in Fairbanks since 2003, presents a problem serious enough to justify loosening the reins on public money to react to as-yet-unforseen opportunities or issues.

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