Assembly set to take final acton on school district budget

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly is scheduled to take final action the school district's budget request during this evening's regular meeting.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly is scheduled to take final action the school district's budget request during this evening's regular meeting.

    City Manager Rorie Watt talked about that on Action Line.  "The maximum to the cap of $28.5 Million has already been decided.  The district requested about $2 million above the cap and the Assembly subcommittee of the Finance Committee forwarded about $1.7 Million to the full body.  They could adjust that number, that $1.7 Million, up or down."

    And it appears the direction could be down, according to Watt.  "Most years the Assembly tries to fund as much as is legally possible outside the cap.  This year I think it will be a more interesting discussion.  I don't know that they'll be able to do that."

    The lease with Alaska Electric, Light and Power for the property on which the Mill Campground sits is back before the body  An emergency ordinance approved the end of March leased the property for 180 days.  In addition to authorizing the manager to lease the campground for more than 180 days..   Watt said it also indemnifies the power company.

    Members will be asked to approve a regulation allowing tax cab rates to increase.  The increase is over two phases.  

    The initial increase takes effect June 22 of this year with a second coming June 21 of next year, if approved by the Assembly.

    Two ordinances up for action call or refinancing the local government's bond debt.  Watt explained the rates are lower now which would enable the local government to save several hundred thousand dollars.  

    A discussion calling for greater planning among Southeast port communities when it comes to cruise ship traffic in the future is also planned.  The idea is proposed by the City of Ketchikan.  "I think that's a good start and it will probably take a while to work out those issues," Watt said.


    Communication towers are up for discussion.  One involves an appeal of a permit granted by the Planning Commission for a 150-foot tower On Merganser Road at Lena Point.  There's also a request to build a tower at the end of Crazy Horse Drive.

    Also up for discussion is whether the 4th of July fireworks display should be held or scrubbed due to the need for social distancing.   The 4th of July parade in downtown Juneau has already been canceled.

    The Assembly is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

    Citizens can monitor the meeting either via Zoom or  Facebook.

     

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