Mayor Bruce Botelho explains the different propositions on the October 4th Municipal Election ballot. He also answers questions from members of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during the September 22nd luncheon.
Measures on the ballot include Proposition 1, an exemption from state financial disclosure rules and adoption of the CBJ’s own disclosure rules.
Proposition 2 would extend the temporary three percent sales tax for another five years. Revenues could be dedicated to basic services or some capital projects.
Proposition 3 would authorize the issuance of a $1.4 million general obligation bond for a ground source heating system at Auke Bay school. Most of that amount could be reimbursed by the state.
Proposition 4 would be another general obligation bond of nearly $1.2 million to replace the artificial turf at Adair-Kennedy field.
Proposition 5 would add a 15-cent tax for all shoppers who use plastic bags from stores that have at least $15 million in annual sales.
A municipal candidate forum is planned for the September 29th Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Election information from the City and Borough of Juneau is available on this page published by the City Clerk’s office.
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.
- Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue has 780 votes, ahead of 777 votes for incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak, who’s from Barrow.
- Bus passes, child-care assistance, work clothing and other resources to get low-income tribal members into jobs are being cut in seven Southeast Communities..
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.