City to look at streamlining personal business exemptions

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will look at approving a policy change for personal business property exemptions that would streamline the process for both business owners and city staff.

Currently, if a personal business owner’s property is valued at less than $100,000, they qualify for a general assessment exemption. According to the city, 90 percent of personal businesses have been applying — or roughly 2,600 businesses.

The Assessor’s office is proposing to cut down the paperwork and streamline the process by having those whose values are less than $80,000 file on a biennial basis, rather than yearly. If the Assembly approves, applications will start with half of that sector this year.

In other business, the Assembly is also expected to take action on approving a reimbursement for Capital City Fire and Rescue for emergency services related to the Tongass National Forest. The funds — about $63,000 — would come from the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-determination Act of 2000 — Title III dollars. They’re restricted funds that require a 45-day public notice/comment period. That ended Oct. 4 and the city said it received no comments.

Those are the only items on the Assembly’s agenda for public testimony on Monday.

It also will look at approving renewals of liquor licenses for six businesses, bids for a new eight-yard sweeper for the Public Works Department, and look at a resolution adopting the latest generally accepted accounting principals related to Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 54.

For more information on Monday’s Assembly meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in Assembly Chambers, see:

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at


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