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 Juneau Assembly adopted an ordinance appropriating about $85.8 million to the Juneau School District for fiscal year 2019 during a Regular Assembly Meeting May 14. Funding comes from a combination of sources, including CBJ’s contribution of about $27.8 million. That figure consists of: $26.4 million for general operations, which is the maximum local contribution allowed by state law, and roughly $1.38 million for student activities, pupil transportation, food service and Community Schools.
The $26.4 million in general operations support is an increase of $0.6 million over FY18. The other program and activities funding is an increase of $0.5 million over FY18.
The Assembly is set to finalize the rest of the budget at the June 4 Regular Meeting.
Budget Process – April to June 2018
City Manager Rorie Watt will present the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019 on April 4 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 2019 begins July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019.
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 4, Assembly Finance Committee meetings will be held weekly on April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 16. 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 25 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 25 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 14.
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 4.
In addition to the information on this page, here are some other places where you can learn more about the CBJ budget:
- Budget Presentation – A set of slides from a presentation given by Finance Director, Bob Bartholomew, to the Chamber of Commerce on April 5, 2017
- 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.