The Juneau Assembly tonight (Monday) will take public comment on elements of the city and school district budgets for next fiscal year, though none of the measures are likely to be voted upon.
Ordinances for public hearing include the city’s biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014; the proposed property tax mill levy for next year; and the local contribution to the Juneau School District in FY 13. A resolution approving the city’s capital improvements project list is also on the agenda. But City Manager Kim Kiefer is recommending all budget-related ordinances and resolutions be referred to the Assembly Finance Committee for more review.
The city’s contribution to schools will be about $23-million next year. That’s about $2-million less than previously expected, due to a last minute increase to school funding approved by the Alaska Legislature.
The draft CBJ budget is just under $320-million in each of the next two years, with spending matched to revenues. The city’s budget includes the school district, Bartlett Regional Hospital and other city-operated ventures and services, like the Juneau Airport, docks and harbors and the police and fire departments. The current mill levy proposal for next year would set the overall borough-wide rate at 10.89 mills. That’s down slightly from a previous proposal.
Any city resident can comment during public hearings on the budget ordinances. More hearings are likely to be scheduled later in the city’s budget process, which is expected to last into next month.
Also on the agenda for tonight’s assembly meeting is a resolution to rename the Douglas Boat Harbor as the “Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor” after the long-time island resident.
The meeting starts at 7:00 in CBJ Assembly Chambers at City Hall. It can be heard live on KTOO.
- The Juneau Access Project envisions 50 more miles of road up Lynn Canal to a ferry terminal closer to the road system. It has divided the Juneau community for decades and faces significant opposition from other southeast cities including Haines and Skagway. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker pulled the plug on the $574 million project last month.
- The Juneau Assembly heard more than 90 minutes of testimony from dozens of residents including merchants, social workers and homeless people themselves who all agreed on one thing: Juneau has a serious homeless problem. But speakers had radically different viewpoints.
- President Trump indicated that potential deals between the pipeline companies and the federal government would be renegotiated, with the goal of allowing construction to move forward.
- The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office will not pursue timber sales at controversial sites in Petersburg and Ketchikan – at least for now.