CBJ Assembly discusses 1% sales tax list, moves pay raise issue to next meeting

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly met Monday to discuss a number of issues, including the 1% sales tax list from members.

    The Assembly, during a special meeting on Monday and approved moving a pay raise for some city employees, and a procurement issue regarding the wastewater treatment plant.

    The first resolution would provide authority to increase pay for unrepresented employees by 3% in Fiscal Year 2023.

    A second resolution would approve an alternative procurement for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or SCADA, project at Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant.

    A contractor would be selected based on qualifications, rather than a bid amount.

    Mayor Beth spoke about the actions on Monday while a guest on the KINY Morning Show.

    "In our special Assembly meeting, we approved the resolution to give a 3% pay increase to the non-representative employees," Weldon said. "And then we introduced the ordinance to do special procurements for the infrastructure update at the wastewater treatment center, because that is an item that needs specialized folks to do that."

    Both items were moved to the next regular Assembly meeting.

    The Assembly also took up the 1% sales tax list from Assembly members. Mayor Weldon relayed where some of the proposed $60 million would go.

    "Building maintenance, including the city projects, were about $12 million," Weldon said. "Different projects related to increasing housing was about $10 million. We gave $2.5 million to childcare, $5 million to Parks and Rec, because we plan on trying to go to the voters for a bond for a turf field, and some other improvements at Adair Kennedy. The State Office Building was $5 million. A JPD radio system was $2 million. For the  Lemon Creek Multimodal Path we've already given it $1.5 million, and we gave it another $1.5 million."

    And the mayor says the proposed rollback of sales tax on food will not go to an advisory vote, but will be presented to voters in a survey.

    "We talked about the advisory vote for a little bit," Weldon said. "The deputy mayor ... suggested that we do a statistical value survey instead, because with the advisory vote it's hard to ask kind of nuanced question, because it has to be a 'yes' or 'no' that someone can fill in a hole. With a survey you can use a scale of one to 10 on how important something is to you. So, we elected to go with a survey. That's going to cost us somewhere around $25,000 to $30,000 to do that."



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