2021 Proposed Budget
The City and Borough of Juneau is responsible for providing police and fire protection, funding education for youth, building and repairing roads, maintaining parks, libraries and recreational centers, as well as a host of other things. The budget serves as a major policy document that describes how CBJ intends to finance these services and infrastructure. Each April, the City Manager presents a preliminary annual operating and capital budget. The Juneau Assembly then follows a multi-week process to ensure the budget meets the needs of our diverse community.
The City Manager is proposing the FY2021 and 2022 biennial budget during an Assembly Finance Committee Meeting April 1 st .
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposed budget may not fully take into consideration the potential impact of the virus on Juneau’s community and economy. Given the unprecedented level of uncertainty, this budget may be considered an “interim” or “draft” budget, with the intention to return to a formal budget process after the scope and scale of the spread of COVID-19 is more fully understood.
As it stands, the manager’s proposed citywide budget of $389 million, up $20.4 million from the FY20 Amended Budget, includes the following major components:
- $87.3 million for the Juneau School District, a decrease of $1.3 million (1.5%) over the FY20 Amended Budget. This decrease reflects targeted cuts made by the School District in response
to State funding levels.
- $152.3 million for Enterprise Funds (hospital, airport, water utilities, docks, and harbors), an increase of $13.9 million (10%) over the FY20 Amended Budget. This change is due to an
increase in Hospital and JIA expenditures.
- $78.3 million for general government, a decrease of $2.2 million (2.7%) from the FY20 Amended Budget. This was driven by decreases of one-time funding requests recommended by the
Manager and the Assembly, offset by increases in personnel services and insurance costs.
- $50.6 million for initial capital improvement projects, an increase of $11.1 million (28.0%). Additional appropriations may be made throughout the year as funding gets committed.
- $15.7 million for the bond debt service budget, a decrease of $1.0 million (6.1%) over the FY20 Amended Budget. This reflects a reduction in outstanding school construction debt, as multiple
bonds were fully paid off during FY20.
In light of COVID-19, the budget reflects revised projections of consumer tax revenues and passenger fees due to the impact the virus will have on Juneau’s 2020 and 2021 cruise ship seasons. Additionally, the budget proposes a property tax increase of 1 mil, for a total mill levy rate of 11.66. The breakdown of the proposed mill levy is: 10.46 mills for the operating budget, an increase of 1.0 mills over FY20, and 1.2 mills for debt service, remaining flat over FY20. With this proposed change, CBJ is projecting to collect $57.6 million in property tax revenues in FY21 which would offset the depletion of unrestricted fund balance and restricted budget reserve in light of reduced revenues from consumer tax and passenger fees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Budget Process – April to June 2019
City Manager Rorie Watt will present the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2020 on April 3 during a Special Juneau Assembly meeting at 5:30 p.m., followed by an Assembly Finance Committee meeting. The preliminary budget includes the CBJ operating budget, the Juneau School District general operating budget, capital improvement projects, and the property tax mill levy rate. Fiscal year 2020 begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020.
The CBJ operating budget includes general government and enterprise organizations. General government includes departments like Juneau Police Department, Capital City Fire/Rescue, Parks & Recreation, and the Libraries. Enterprise organizations are Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau International Airport, Docks & Harbors and Water & Sewer.
View the Assembly Finance Committee meeting schedule:
From April to mid-May, the Juneau Assembly Finance Committee analyzes the City Manager’s preliminary budget and holds a series of public meetings to identify specific concerns through conversations with residents, advocates, and city agencies.
Following the preliminary budget presentation on April 3, Assembly Finance Committee meetings will be held weekly on April 10, April 17, April 24, May 8, and May 15. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. in Assembly Chambers (unless otherwise noted).
The public can comment on the CBJ operating budget, the Juneau School District general operating budget, capital improvement projects, and the property tax mill levy rate at a public hearing during a Special Juneau Assembly Meeting on April 24 at 5:30 p.m.
The Finance Committee is scheduled to make a preliminary decision on the Juneau School District budget funding during a Special Juneau Assembly Meeting on April 24 at 5:30 p.m. Then, the Juneau Assembly plans to adopt the Juneau School District general operating budget at a Regular Juneau Assembly Meeting on May 13.
In accordance with CBJ Charter Section 13.6 (b), the Assembly must determine the amount to be made available from local sources for school purposes by May 31.
The Juneau Assembly is scheduled to adopt the CBJ operating budget, capital improvement projects, and the property tax mill levy rate during a Regular Assembly Meeting on June 3.
- FY19 Adopted Budget — The Assembly adopted the FY19 Budget on June 4, 2018
- FY18 Adopted Budget – The Assembly adopted the FY18 Budget on June 5, 2017
- FY17 Adopted Budget – The Assembly adopted the FY17 Budget on May 23, 2016
- FY16 Adopted Budget – The Assembly adopted the FY16 Budget on May 18, 2015
- FY15 Adopted Budget
- FY14 Adopted Budget
- FY13 Adopted Budget
In addition to the information on this page, here are some other places where you can learn more about the CBJ budget:
- Assembly Finance Committee – On this page, you’ll find the AFC’s up-to-date calendar, adopted legislation, and an archive of agendas and minutes. Scroll down to see the AFC’s upcoming meeting dates, agendas, and minutes.
- Priority Driven Budget (PDB) – In preparation for the FY18 Budget, the CBJ went through a Priority Driven Budgeting process. You can learn about that process and its results here.
- Provide Direct Feedback – In addition to attending AFC meetings, which are open to the public, you can ask questions and give comments directly to the CBJ Manager’s office and your Assembly members.