Budget

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Local officials and politicians are analyzing Gov. Bill Walker’s 2019 budget proposal, which was released last week. The budget is status quo compared to last year, but does call for some changes to oil and gas tax credits.

Homer Rep. Paul Seaton said he is happy Walker’s budget didn’t call for further cuts to some state services.

“I'm happy to see that there aren't cuts to D.O.T. and road maintenance or any trooper cuts,” he said. “We're trying to get services back up to where they were.”

Image courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek took questions from peninsula residents Tuesday night via Facebook Live. Questions ranged from lice policy to the district’s $140 million budget.

Dusek said the district has sustained about $7 million in budget cuts over the past few years. He stressed that the district has been able to handle those cuts without making major reductions in the classroom or teaching staff.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is still searching for viable options to fill the borough’s $4.1 million budget gap. The assembly passed an $83 million budget this spring and voted down two revenue measures.  Earlier this month, the assembly began looking at a bed tax proposal. Now, Assembly President Kelly Cooper plans to introduce another option.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is still looking at ways to fund its $83 million budget. The assembly approved the spending plan earlier this spring, but failed to pass new revenue measures to fill a $4.1 million budget gap.  Borough Mayor Mike Navarre wants to put an 8 percent bed-tax proposal on the ballot this October to backfill the revenue shortage.  

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Lawmakers are preparing to return to Juneau next week for another special session.

Gov. Bill Walker wants them to pass new revenue measures and restructure the Permanent Fund. Legislators may also consider overriding some of the governor's vetoes.

 

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott visited the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, where he discussed the upcoming special session. He said legislators must bring urgency to achieving the goals laid out by Gov. Walker when they return to Juneau.

 

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials are breathing a sigh of relief over the reinstatement of public education funding in the state budget. However, they will have to hold their breath throughout the year to see if an increase in local funding will come.


Borough Passes $80 million FY2017 Budget

Jun 14, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

After some tweaks and tinkering, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a fiscal year 2017 budget Tuesday with general fund expenditures just under $80 million.


Kenai Schools Meet With Residents

Oct 22, 2015
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District expects $3 million or more in cuts to its budget next year and administrators are turning to the public for ideas on how to cope.