Class sizes in the capital city will grow next year, unless the Juneau Assembly can muster another $769,000 for schools.
That’s according to Juneau School Board President Sally Saddler in a written appeal to the Assembly. An Assembly committee is reviewing the request Monday.
For years, the city has spent as much as state law allows it to on education. Part of an education bill the governor is expected to sign into law will raise the upcoming budget year’s local contribution cap. The school board’s request falls within the new cap.
The Assembly committee’s other business on Monday includes:
- A request from the Juneau Affordable Housing Coalition to authorize spending $75,000 on a housing action plan.
- A series of municipal water and sewer fee hikes that, by 2024, would double current rates. The new revenue would cover tens of millions of dollars in city water and sewer infrastructure repairs, rebuilds and replacements.
- And, a draft ordinance to regulate telecommunications facilities and towers in Juneau.
The Juneau Assembly’s Committee of the Whole meets at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
- Alaska protesters are joining a national effort by Trump opponents who want Congress to act as a check on the president.
- Tim McLeod, AEL&P’s president, says the company thought heating with natural gas could save customers money but circumstances have changed.
- Senate President Pete Kelly said the plan in Senate Bill 70 will prevent spending from getting out of control. The Senate isn't including an income tax.
- Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March, according to a letter obtained by Alaska's Energy Desk through a public records request.