Juneau cruise ship passengers could foot a big chunk of the bill for a new, integrated convention center and performing arts venue.
Even though Juneau voters passed two out of three ballot propositions, the Juneau Assembly has the final say on how they are implemented.
Some 2,000 absentee and questioned ballots were outstanding after election night, with two close races pending in Juneau.
Juneau voters appeared to approve one ballot proposition and reject another in Juneau’s municipal election Tuesday. A third proposition was too close to call.
While the sponsors say the New JACC Partnership’s full-page ad in the Juneau Empire wasn’t intended to be political, those upset by it feel the ad implied their support for a contentious ballot proposition.
The most contentious part of Juneau’s municipal election has turned out to be a trio of ballot propositions related to funding for the community’s aging arts venues.
Three questions related to updating and improving Juneau’s arts and culture venues will appear on the municipal ballot.
Options for funding the construction of a new Juneau Arts and Culture Center — budgeted to cost $26.4 million — will be taken up by the Juneau Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee this spring.
Juneau won’t get to vote in October on public spending for a new arts and culture center, Centennial Hall upgrades or raising the hotel bed tax. The Juneau Assembly voted down three separate ballot measures Monday night.
Political machinations have left the Juneau Assembly down to just seven members. That’s empowered a three-member minority to block any actions between now and after the October election.