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 Assembly Finance Committee finished its work for this budget season at its May 15 meeting. The budget is now in the hands of the Assembly.
The public has a final opportunity to weigh in on the budget. Ordinances on the mill rate and the CBJ operating budget, and a resolution on the Capital Improvement Program were moved out of committee and are scheduled for a public hearing at the June 3 Regular Assembly Meeting.
The proposed property tax mill levy rate is 10.66 – the same as last year – which is broken into two buckets: 9.46 (up from 9.36) mills for the operating budget and 1.2 (down from 1.3) mills for debt service.
The committee approved 14 items on its Pending List, the majority of which are not part of the Manager’s proposed budget. These items will be funded from savings:
- Kinder Ready: $300,000
- AEYC – HEARTS Program: $89,800
- Manager Review of Child Care: $60,000
- Child Care Programs – Child Care Committee: $150,000
- Juneau Festival Committee: $8,700
- Juneau Commission on Aging – JEDC for Administration: $8,000
- Juneau Commission on Aging – Senior Citizens Survey: $23,809
- SE Conference – AMHS Program Development Work: $20,000
- Juneau Community Foundation – Mental Health/Substance Abuse Study: $45,000
- The Glory Hall: $150,000
- AWARE – Healing Totem: $22,567
- The Alaska Committee: $100,000
- CIP Airport North Terminal Funding – $300,000
- Land for Senior Housing: $1,512,000
The committee didn’t approve a $120,000 increment request from Travel Juneau or $17,500 for the Youth Activities Board.
In other budget work, the committee approved moving the “sleep off” program from Bartlett Regional Hospital to Capital City Fire/Rescue. The intent is to improve effectiveness of the program. That change will go into effect July 1.
The committee made a small change to how Marine Passenger Fees will be spent – reallocating $5,000 for portable toilets at Homestead Park in Douglas.
June 12 is the next scheduled date for an Assembly Finance Committee meeting.
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.