Assembly Debates Budget Items

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An ordinance concerning the 2012 budget took center stage at Thursday night’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting. At Tuesday’s work session assemblymembers discussed why items that had not been voted on were included in the proposed budget. The main contention was $500,000 that had been appropriated for the Baranof Park improvements project. The borough and the city of Kodiak both need to contribute money to add to the $2 million in funding from the state for the project.

During the citizens’ comments period, former assemblywoman Judy Fulp said that she thinks the project is a good investment.

An amendment was made to reflect that while the money had been assigned, it wasn’t guaranteed unless an agreement to fund the project was reached by the assembly with the city. It passed 4-2 with assemblymembers Louise Stutes and Mel Stephens opposed. With the amendment in place, the ordinance passed 4-2 and will move to a public hearing at the next regular meeting.

In other assembly action, Jared Griffin was appointed to the Kodiak Workforce Regional Advisory Council. Pat Branson, Ken Knowles and Steven Honnold were appointed to the Providence Kodiak Island Service Area Board.

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