Governor Sean Parnell released his budget for 2013 today. The $12.1 billion dollar budget is $600 million less than last year.
Proposed spending for Kodiak and surrounding areas totals just over $41 million. Included is just over $3 million for phase two of the Kodiak Island Borough landfill lateral expansion. Borough Mayor Jerome Selby is hopeful the project will make it through future budget revisions.
— (Gov Budget 1 :21 “That will help the community a lot … much easier in trying to get that 3 million dollar project.”)
Also included in the governor’s budget is $909,000 for the Pillar Creek Hatchery, over $1.3 million for phase six of the Aleutian Homes water and sewer replacement and $26 million for improvements at the Kodiak Airport. Afognak could see $1.55 million from the state for the Kitoi Bay Hatchery and Old Harbor $4.5 million for expansion of their airport.
Representative Alan Austerman says his job is to now reintroduce and defend projects that might have been cut from the governor’s picks.
— (Gov Budget :28 “And also to make sure … figure out how to balance out the total budget that we’re gonna end up with.”)
Alaska Aerospace, which oversees the launch facility here in Kodiak, was listed in the budget for just over $37 million dollars.
Kodiak-area projects included in the governor’s proposed FY 2013 budget
Kodiak Regional Agriculture: Pillar Creek Hatchery $909,000
Kodiak Island Borough Landfill Lateral Expansion Phase 2 $3,090,000
Aleutian Homes Water and Sewer Replacement Phase 5 $1,339,000
Department of Fish and Game Replacement of R/V Resolution $3,700,000
Kodiak Armory Deferred Maintenance $3,700,000
Kodiak Parks and Outdoor Recreation Deferred Maintenance $135,000
Kodiak Airport Improvements $26,000,000
City of Old Harbor Airport Expansion $4,500,000