2020 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 and Borough of Juneau Assembly adopted the budget during a Regular Assembly Meeting June 3. The final approval followed several weeks of budget work by the Assembly Finance Committee.
The budget includes the operating budget (both general government and enterprise organizations), capital improvement projects, the property tax mill levy rate, and the previously adopted Juneau School District general operating budget. General government includes most CBJ departments, like Juneau Police Department, Capital City Fire/Rescue, Parks & Recreation, Engineering, Community Development and the Libraries. Enterprise organizations are Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau International Airport, Docks & Harbors, and Water & Sewer.
The Assembly adopted an overall citywide budget of $357 million, which is up $1.5 million from FY19. The major components of the budget are:
- $87.2 million for the Juneau School District, remaining flat over FY19 budget The Assembly already adopted this component of the budget at its May 13 Regular Meeting.
- $136.9 million for Enterprise Funds (hospital, airport, water utilities, and Docks & Harbors).
- $75.4 million for general government, an increase of $0.1 million (0.1 percent) over the FY19 budget. The total is $0.6 million above projected revenues and requires the use of savings. CBJ has adequate savings; prior to this FY20 draw, the Available Fund Balance (savings) is at $16 million.
- $37.4 million for initial capital improvement projects. Additional appropriations will be made throughout the year as funding gets committed. CBJ annually spends around $60 million on projects.
- $16.7 million for the bond debt service budget, which is down $1.3 million due to school bonds being fully paid during FY19.
The property tax mill levy rate is 10.66 – overall, the same as last year. The breakdown of the total mill levy are: 9.46 mills for the operating budget, an increase of 0.1 mills over FY19, and 1.2 mills for debt service, a decrease of 0.1 mills over FY19. CBJ is projecting to collect $51.5 million in property tax revenues, which is a $0.6 million (1.2 percent) increase to help fund education and general government programs. The debt service mill rate is projected to raise $5.9 million to pay debt service, which is a decrease of $0.5 million.
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.