The City and Borough of Juneau’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014 would be about 2.5 percent larger than a preliminary version approved last year under a proposal by the city administration.
The CBJ Assembly Finance Committee kicked off a series of hearings on the spending plan Wednesday with an overview by City Manager Kim Kiefer and Finance Director Bob Bartholomew.
Juneau has a biennial budget, meaning the framework for FY 14 – which starts in July – was approved along with this year’s budget a year ago. That plan called for total spending across all city departments at about $322.5 million.
The budget presented to the Finance Committee would total more than $330 million. It now includes more money for capital projects, after city voters approved a sales tax extension and bond package last fall.
The Capital City will see a nearly $1.8 million reduction in federal support, with the expiration of a timber subsidy. But the city will get an increase in revenue from the state, including an $800,000 boost for the Juneau School District’s retirement programs.
Over the next month and a half, the Finance Committee will hold meetings with each city department as well as nonprofits and other programs funded by the city.
The revised budget must be adopted by June 15th.
- The state Division of Insurance plans to ask the feds to offset its costs for the Alaska Reinsurance Program.
- After a mild start to December, it’s gotten bitter cold in Haines and Skagway, with temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits. With temperatures far below freezing, snowfall from the weekend is not likely to go anywhere soon.
- As temperatures rise, Arctic ice is retreating, making trips through the Northwest passage – from Alaska to Maine – a new summer reality. But until now, mariners navigating Arctic ice have had limited formal training. A professor at Maine Maritime Academy is working to change that.
- One shot was fired in an officer-involved shooting Saturday, according to the Juneau Police Department. Police say Sgt. Chris Gifford fired the shot that injured Jeremie Shaun Tinney, 38, of Juneau while officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash in the 16500 block of Ocean View Drive.