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CBJ to look at 2-year budget, school funds

Posted: April 23, 2012 - 2:06am

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will look on Monday at setting the cap for what it will fund the Juneau School District — which will be about $2 million less than previously projected.

The city’s agenda said that due to changes made on April 15 in the Legislature, the maximum the city may fund has been reduced. The amount the district will receive from the state, however, was increased to offset the change.

City Manager Kim Kiefer will recommend that the Assembly make a motion to approve funding to the maximum allowed cap, and refer the ordinance back to the city Finance Committee.

“To meet (the) timing provision, it is necessary for the Assembly to determine the amount of funding and provide notice in the month of April,” she wrote. “This amount cannot subsequently be reduced, unless the amount exceeds the state funding cap, but it can be increased. If the Assembly does not set the amount and furnish the school board with notice within 30 days, the amount requested by the school district is automatically approved. By Charter, the Assembly is required to appropriate the school district’s budget no later than May 31.”

The school board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to take a look at what the legislative changes mean for its budget.

The Assembly will go through a similar process with both its FY13 operating budget and mill levy ordinances, though both recommendations are to send it to the Finance Committee for further review.

A public hearing on the city budget will be set for May 1, with adoption by June 15. The mill rate must also be set by June 15.

The ordinance would set the city’s total mill rate at 10.89.

The Assembly also will consider Juneau International Airport fee increases. The airport board approved the increases at its last meeting for larger aircraft operators in Fuel Flowage Fees and Landing Fees. The Assembly can take three courses of action — approval, no action (which approves the rates) or disapproval. Disapproval of the regulation would either send it back to the airport board, though the Assembly can give no specific direction for what would need to change for approval, or it could request the airport submit the changes as a resolution or ordinance.

The Assembly also will consider approval of a $5 million transfer of funds to Docks and Harbors for the Statter Harbor project.

The funding comes from a grant from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The grant requires a 50 percent match, which the department already has from 1 percent sales tax funds.

For a full agenda or related documents see: www.juneau.org/assembly/agendas/ 2012/2012-04-23/2012-04-23_Index.php.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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