The Juneau Assembly received no comments on the city and borough’s proposed operating and capital projects budgets last night (Monday).
The $319-million Fiscal Year 2013 budget ordinance was up for a public hearing, along with an ordinance appropriating funds for Juneau School District operations next year. The Assembly adopted a motion setting the city’s local contribution to schools at $23-million. But both ordinances were referred to the Finance Committee for further review.
The Assembly also sent an ordinance setting the FY 13 mill levy at 10.89 mills back the assembly. That measure also received no public comment.
The city charter requires a public hearing on the budget proposal by May 1st. The Assembly will likely hold more hearings later in the budget process. The mill levy must be adopted before the Assembly can approve the spending plan. The charter requires approval of the budget by June 15th.
The Assembly last night also approved renaming the Douglas Boat Harbor as the “Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor,” after the long-time island resident who served the community in many different capacities.
- 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.