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Finance panel OKs Eaglecrest, Airport enterprise budgets

Posted: May 22, 2013 - 7:39pm  |  Updated: May 23, 2013 - 12:06am

The Assembly Finance Committee Wednesday approved both the Eaglecrest and Airport Enterprise Board budget proposals for FY14.

Eaglecrest saw a 4 percent annual revenue growth from FY08.

Further increase in revenue streams came from a directed focus on getting more users and athletes on the slopes through snow sport and learning programs. This reflected an 8 percent increase over the last fiscal year by $2,800.

Overall the budget didn’t waiver far from what was asked last fiscal year. The increased budget reflected an increase in fuel for snowmaking and busing while allowing for streamlined operations through reorganizing staff.

Assembly member Randy Wanamaker asked whether they’d begun a diversification process to look at its recreational opportunities on the mountain, saying that in 2003 a resolution to reduce the subsidy to the city for operation was made but never came to fruition.

“It seems like I haven’t heard anything in a while,” Wanamaker said.

Matt Lillard, Eaglecrest Ski Area manager, said that through managing staff during peak and off-peak sessions and summer partnerships with Alaska Zipline Adventures and Cycle Alaska they’re working on becoming more self-sustaining.

The budget was approved 8-1 in favor.

Deputy Airport Manager Patty deLaBruere presented the Airport budget for FY14, noting across the board spending increases up $5,872,700 from $5,348,600 in the original budget proposal.

Commodities such as de-icing chemicals, fuel prices, general supplies costs increased along with new security increases mandated by the TSA. The Juneau Police Department will replace the current security staff as required by federal law. Those changes take effect on Oct. 1.

Price increases to leaseholders at the airport, landing fees and fuel pumping will go before the Assembly in June for approval.

An overall revenue increase would occur when the Glacier Restaurant Lounge’s lease ends in December. The airport is seeking an interim solution.

The budget was approved all in favor. Next the budgets will go before the Assembly Committee of the Whole for final review and approval.

Contact reporter Kenneth Rosen at 523-2250 or at kenneth.rosen@juneauempire.com.

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