Parking, $6.1m Budget Amendment At City Hearing

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The Kodiak City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on its supplemental budget and on an ordinance which renews the sales tax on transient rentals. The council will also consider a resolution establishing permit parking spaces at the boat harbor.

In regards to the supplemental budget, the council will consider adding $6.1 million to the current year’s budget to adjust for unexpected expenses incurred since the budget was approved last summer.

More than $1 million was added for additional expenses involving the new jail, including for change orders, land and permitting expenses.

$350,000 was added for the environmental assessment for the Emergency Operations Center

And another $1 million was added for the new library fund.

In other business, the council will take public comments on a proposal to establish permit only parking in portions of the boat harbor. The plan calls for establishing 140 spaces for 30 day parking.

The council and the Port and Harbor Advisory Board have struggled in recent months on how long the permits should last, and what to do about villagers who come to town and need long-term parking areas.

If approved the ordinance would establish a 6-month trial permit parking system that would run through the end of 2011.

Tonight’s regular city council meeting begins at 7:30 in the borough assembly chambers. As usual, it will be broadcast live on KMXT.

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