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.
- A lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks to remove the residency requirement for people gathering signatures for state ballot initiatives.
- For the second time in two years, a Skagway political figure has been ordered to pay a fine for incomplete financial disclosures. Assembly hopeful Dan Henry failed to disclose substantial debt on his candidate paperwork. He will still be able to run for office in the upcoming election.
- Administration officials have a mouthful of a name for it: the “capped hybrid head tax.” It's a flat 1.5 percent of wages and self-employment income, with a maximum of twice the value of that year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.
- A federal district court has sided with conservationists fighting to preserve the U.S. Forest Service's "roadless rule" that limits road building in national forests. Alaska conservationists opposed to expanded logging in Tongass National Forest hailed the ruling as a victory.