Assembly OKs harbor fee increase

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

At its Monday meeting, the Juneau Assembly unanimously approved increasing the small boat harbor fee by 90 percent over the next three years. The city expects to receive $8 million from the increase.

The new fee structure will go into effect July 1.

To repair the city's aging harbors, the Docks and Harbor Board originally proposed raising small boat harbor fees by 150 percent over five years. But boat users opposed the increase.

The Assembly and the board then reached a compromise on phasing in the increase over three years.

By 2009, the city will adjust the fee depending on whether it receives any state or federal funding for the harbors' deferred maintenance.

Juneau Port Director John Stone is working with harbormasters from other cities to lobby for funding from the state.

The state gave Juneau $7 million when it handed the harbors to the city in 2003. But the city estimated that it would cost $25 million to reconstruct Harris and Douglas harbors, repair Aurora Harbor and expand Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay.

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