Rental assistance resolution up for action during special Assembly meeting

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Highlighting the agenda of Monday's special meeting of the Juneau Assembly is the emergency resolution calling for rental assistance.

    The proposal calls for the use of $200,000 from the Affordable Housing Fund.  The local government's newly formed Economic Stabilization Task Force signed off on the proposal during a meeting last week.

    The manager's report says the funding would support the rental assistance program offered by the Alaska Housing Development Corporation.

    Another resolution up for debate and action would extend the hunker down mandate for the city and borough in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The state mandate is set to expire Tuesday, April 21.  The Assembly has the discretion to extend the order.

    The manager is recommending that there be a 30-day extension for remittance of sales tax receipts for March and the first quarter of the year, although returns would still need to be filed by the April 30 deadline.  Penalties and interest would be waived if the tax is paid in full by June 1.

    One ordinance up for action would amend the way Juneau responds to emergencies.  Its called the "Continuity of Government Code" which has not been updated since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Another ordinance up for action amends the local government's civil defense code to make it consistent with current emergency management practices.

    Members of the public are encouraged to e-mail written public comments prior to the meeting to   Testimony can also be provided verbally by calling 907-713-2140 and entering the participant code which is 435563#

    The special meeting is scheduled to convene at 6 p.m. in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.


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