CBJ Manager counsels calm in wake of Governor's budget proposal

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - City and Borough of Juneau Manager Rorie Watt on Action Line reacted to Governor Dunleavy's proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

    "The Legislature has the power of appropriation and the Governor has the power of the veto," Watt said. "I hope that they work out something that's sensible and implementable." 

    He added that everybody just needs to calm down, saying, "We're not going to change anything overnight."

    Watt was asked what's been reduced by the governor that would prove detrimental to local governments and specifically to

    "Lets start with our schools,"Watt said. "The reduction in the Base Student Allocation, if that happens, would mean that we would be laying off 50 teachers or raising your property taxes 20 percent."

    The governor's budget also does not include funds for school construction debt.  Watt said that would be a $7.1 Million hit to Juneau which is the projected cost of remodels needed at area schools.  


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