Legislative Council seeks advice on downtown Anchorage office

Sen. Gary Stevens addresses a joint session of the Alaska Legislature during debate about confirmations of the governor's appointees, April 17, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)
Sen. Gary Stevens addresses a joint session of the Alaska Legislature during debate about confirmations of the governor’s appointees, April 17, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

The Legislative Council is seeking advice from an independent finance expert on what to do about the controversial lease on the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage.

Council Chairman Sen. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, said Thursday the council would benefit from a fresh perspective.

The council has been weighing whether to break a 10-year lease with the building’s owner. The state also could opt to buy the building.

Council lawyer Serena Carlsen is providing Stevens with names of potential experts. Stevens expects the analysis to be completed within a month.

Andrew Kitchenman

State Government Reporter, Alaska Public Media & KTOO

State government plays an outsized role in the life of Alaskans. As the state continues to go through the painful process of deciding what its priorities are, I bring Alaskans to the scene of a government in transition.

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