2 June 2015 Borough Assembly Meeting Report
By Sue McClure
The borough assembly passed the fiscal year 2016 budget, with one major amendment. The school district funding was raised by $2,238,432, funding to the “Cap” of $48,238,432 for the first time in several years. Assembly member Gilman proposed the amendment and it ultimately passed by a 6-3 vote. The only other amendment to the mayor’s budget that passed was a $40,000 reduction to the funding for KPTMC, although the budget had included an $80,000 increase. Mr. Welles had again requested $300,000 to fund a study of the K-Beach flooding issues, which was defeated 8-1. Eleven citizens testified during the public testimony on this ordinance. We also unanimously passed the resolution setting the mill rate at 4.50 for the year, which is the same as last year.
In other business, Mr. Haggerty presented a commending resolution for Blake Johnson, for his many years on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. Mr. Haggerty will be replacing him on that group.
In his report, Mayor Navarre stated that he would announce the members and meeting schedule for the Health Care Task Force at our July 7 meeting. He hopes to get the Marijuana Task Force, headed by Paul Ostrander, up and running next week. Also, there are issues with the North Spur Highway extension, involving a potential requirement for a 20% match to the $5 million that we have to do the job. This is an ongoing discussion.
We introduced three ordinances on the consent agenda, all to be heard at our next meeting June 16. One appropriates $3.2 million in revenue bonds for the Specialty Clinic at CPH, one appropriates supplemental funding for the borough’s health insurance fund to cover extra costs for FY 2015, and Ordinance 2015-15 would amend code to once again provide for the inclusion of pro and con statements on ballot propositions in the voter informational brochure.
At our June 16 meeting we also will have public hearings on Ordinance 2015-14, which would change the anadromous stream protection to include only the Kenai River and Kasilof River Watersheds, an ordinance establishing the Nikiski Law Enforcement Service Area, and two that amend code concerning Utility Special Assessment Districts and Road Improvement Assessment Districts.
As always, I can be reached at 491-0828 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The borough’s website, www.kpb.us has videos and agendas for all meetings, including the committee meetings. The borough Annex Office and Flood Board office in Sea View Plaza in Seward are great sources of information as well.