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.
- The amendment to phase out old-growth logging has been in the works since 2014. It takes effect in 30 days.
- Black carbon, which is produced by burning, can accelerate warming of the atmosphere and melting of glaciers.
- Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry."
- President Obama today issued an executive order creating the “Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area” of 112,300 square miles.