Assembly Scheduled to Finalize Budget

Maggie Wall/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meets in a special meeting tonight (Thursday) to finalize the budget for next year.

The assembly will also set the mill rate for property taxes. And, since it earlier maintained a link between the mill rate and the severance tax, the severance tax rate for the coming fiscal year will be set as well.

It’s been a long couple of months as the assembly tried to come to terms with a projected 30 percent shortfall in the budget. As time passed and numbers were crunched and re-crunched, assembly members said everything was on the table for cuts.

Big cuts to the school district brought crowds of new-comers, including high school students, to assembly meetings to plead the case for full-funding of the school district.

Finally, the long budget road comes to an end tonight. The special assembly meeting to finalize the budget begins at 7:30 in the borough conference room, downstairs in the borough building.

Citizens’ Comments are at the beginning of the meeting.

But that’s not all that’s on tap for tonight for the assembly. The special budget meeting will be followed by a regular work session to discuss next week’s meeting packet.

But, don’t expect any rest for the weary. The June 16 regular assembly meeting agenda includes, among other things, the long-postponed expansion of the roll cart waste collection service.

People interested in sharing their comments on the proposed roll cart expansion will be able to do so at the beginning of the regular work session. A decision on the proposal to expand roll cart service to some areas outside the city is set for June 16.

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