In committee, the Juneau Assembly decided to keep property tax rates flat, against the city manager’s recommendation to nudge them up.
The city manager has proposed a project list that includes initial funding for a new city hall, extra money for escalating renovation costs at the Augustus Brown Pool, planning for a multi-use path through the Lemon Creek area and planning for a second road crossing to Douglas Island.
City finance officials project the near-final tax rate and budget would burn through about $5.7 million of the city’s savings over the next year.
Local government is one of Juneau’s biggest employers. The city, which includes the school district, hospital and airport, budgets for about 1,800 full-time equivalent jobs a year.
Even though it plans to adopt a final version by mid-June, Assembly members and city staff say they may have to revisit the budget later on if the state’s budget isn’t finalized in time.
The Juneau Assembly adopted its budget without any layoffs or shuttering any facilities, though two vacant city staff positions will remain unfilled: a city planner and a community service officer for the Mendenhall Valley area.
As it stands the city envisions closing no facilities and no layoffs; it will lose a community service officer and a city planner through attrition.
Juneau property owners should have received property value notices that were mailed out last week. About 60 percent of properties saw their tax bill increase. These went up an average 3.5 percent; though some saw a hike as high as 10 percent.
The Juneau Assembly approved a budget that cuts 12 full-time employees, reduces services and doesn’t fund the school district at the highest level.
The board meets at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in city hall to take public testimony.