Assembly to hold public hearings on funding for projects

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010

The City Assembly is scheduled to hold public hearings on six funding ordinances Monday, according to an agenda released by the City and Borough of Juneau Friday.

If approved, the measures would allocate more than $2.2 million to the Juneau International Airport's runway safety project. Other proposed expenditures include, among others, $1.5 million for repairs to the Juneau-Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant incinerator and $950,000 to renovate the radio room at the Juneau Police Department.

Seven new ordinances will also be introduced at Monday's meeting. The ordinances would amend the sales tax code to remove the single-item cap on jewelry purchases and narrow the eligibility for the property-tax hardship exemption for senior citizens and veterans, among other measures. City Manager Rod Swope is recommending all but one of the proposed ordinances be set for a hearing at the Nov. 8 City Assembly meeting. The proposal to narrow the property-tax exemption would be referred to the Committee of the Whole, if Swope's recommendation is followed.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded by a meeting of the Human Resources Committee at 6 p.m. Both meetings will take place in the City Assembly's Chambers.

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