Little public comment on possible tax hike

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Only one person testified at a public hearing on the proposed ordinance to establish the property tax rate this year.

    The only public comment was in support of keeping the tax rate the same during these uncertain times.

    The operating mill rate is proposed to increase by one mill in service areas.  The proposed debt service mill will remain the same.

    The tax rate for the Roaded Service Area is 2.45 mills, Fire Service 0.31 mills, Area-wide 7.7 mills, and debt service 1.2 mills for a total of 11.66 mills.

    The assembly has until June 15 to adopt a final mill levy.

    In other actions, the assembly considered $423.9 million for the CBJ fiscal year 2021 operating budget.  It includes $385.4 million in projected revenue and decreases reserves by $38.6 million.

    The finance committee will continue to review the budget through May.

    The ordinances were referred back to the finance committee for more work.

    The assembly also referred back to the finance committee the school budget of $87.4 million.  The budget includes $71.1 million for general operations and $16.2 million for special revenue like pupil transportation and food service.  The CBJ local funding totals $28.5 million.  The local funds include $26.8 million for general operations and $1.67 million for programs and activities outside of the state funding cap.

    The assembly also referred back to the finance committee a resolution that adopts the CBJ Capital Improvement Program for fiscal year 2021-2026.  The list includes $275,000 for deferred maintenance at Eaglecrest, $150,000 for Crow Hill Radio site improvements for Juneau Police, $100,000 for air quality improvements at the Capital City Fire Rescue Glacier Fire Station, and $975,000 for maintenance to facilities and trails for parks and recreation.  These projects are scheduled to be funded by general sales taxes.

    The list also includes $9.6 million in various street maintenance projects that include $2.67 million for Meadow Lane and $2.1 million for Tongass Boulevard.  These projects are funded by the areawide street sales tax.

    The temporary one percent sales tax approved by voters includes $13.2 million in projects like $400,000 for the Affordable Housing Fund, $1.4 million for the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant, $3.3 million for maintenance at the Augustus Brown pool and $4.5 million for Parks & Recreation.

    Hotel-motel tax priorities for fiscal year 2021 include $2.3 million to upgrade Centennial Hall.

    The marine passenger fee priorities for fiscal year 2021 include $1.35 million for the Auke Bay passenger for hire phase three, and $1.1 million for the waterfront seawalk.

    Port Development fee priorities for fiscal year 2021 include $1 million for shore power.

    State Marine Passenger fee priorities for fiscal year 2021 include $1 million for a safety guard rail along the dock face, $1.65 million for the Auke Bay Passenger for Hire phase 3 C, $1.6 million for Marine Park, and $1 million for South Franklin Street pedestrian safety capacity improvements.

    The Bartlett Hospital Enterprise Fund for Fiscal Year 2021 includes $5.5 million for crisis intervention and $4 million for deferred maintenance.

    The list also includes $7.4 million for wastewater projects and $4.2 million for water projects.

    The capital projects also include roof replacements at Sayeik: Gastineau School estimated to cost $1.5 million and at Dzantiki Heeni Middle School estimated to cost $1.75 million.

    The airport unscheduled funding includes $7.38 million in improvements.

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