The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will have a better picture of the state and federal budget picture after tonight’s work session.
First on the agenda is the borough’s lobbyist Brad Gilman, who will give an update on his efforts and the borough’s prospects in Washington D.C.
Tentatively, he’ll be followed by Governor Bill Walker, with whom the assembly would like to discuss budget vetoes. As of air time, the governor’s office had not confirmed that Walker would be phoning in to the meeting.
And then, Kodiak’s state legislative delegation of Senator Gary Stevens and Representative Louise Stutes will be on hand to discuss the state budget, which is currently underfunded by several billion dollars due to bargain basement North Slope oil prices. Because of the budget woes, the only capital funds directed towards Kodiak this year in the state budget came all from federal money passed through the state.
Later, in the review of next week’s regular meeting packet, there will be discussion of putting several questions before voters in October regarding borough-city consolidation and a change to Road Service Area One, and the creation of an Otmeloi Streetlight Service Area.
The borough assembly work session will start at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the borough building.