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Assembly moves forward on sales tax extension

Appointments made to several boards and committees

Posted: July 17, 2012 - 12:03am

At its regular meeting Monday night, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly introduced a dozen ordinances for discussion at its next meeting, scheduled for Aug. 13, including ordinances to place a five-year extension of the 1 percent special sales tax and a $25 million bond issue for Juneau capital projects on the October ballot.

The procedural move marked a vital, if uncontroversial, step forward for the sales tax and bond issue, allocations for which were hotly debated at two Finance Committee meetings on June 28 and July 2.

“It’s the first step to getting them on the ballot,” said City Manager Kim Kiefer. “There’s the introduction that happened tonight, and then the public hearing that will happen (at) the first meeting in August. And then assuming the Assembly supports that, then it will be on the ballot in October.”

A Human Resources Committee meeting was held prior to the regular Assembly meeting, at which Mark Smith was recommended for appointment to the Sales Tax Board of Appeals, Maria Uchytil was recommended for appointment to the Sister Cities Committee, Myrna Gardner was recommended for appointment to both the Board of Equalization and the Fisheries Development Committee, and both incumbent Rosemary Hagevig and newcomer Christopher Krenz were recommended for appointment to the Aquatic Facilities Advisory Board.

Gardner applied for four committees, including the two to which she was named as well as the Sister Cities Committee and the Juneau Commission on Sustainability. But Assembly member Ruth Danner, chairwoman of the Human Resources Committee, suggested two appointments would put enough on Gardner’s plate.

“It might be good, I think, to offer these two positions to Ms. Gardner,” said Danner. “We think that the time commitment is appreciated… (and) we don’t want to impinge any more than that.”

The Assembly accepted all of the Human Resources Committee’s recommendations without objection.

The Assembly also awarded bids to SECON for runway safety improvements at the Juneau International Airport and Trucano Construction for cruise ship terminal staging area work, as well as a professional services contract to PND Engineers, Inc., for the first phase of the Aurora Harbor rebuild.

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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