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.
After a couple of months of analyzing and discussing the proposed budget in Assembly Finance Committee meetings, the Juneau Assembly adopted the budget during a Regular Assembly Meeting June 4 by passing two ordinances and a resolution on CBJ’s operating budget, capital improvement projects, and the property tax mill levy rate.
The budget includes the City and Borough of Juneau’s 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.
This is the first year of a two-year budget cycle. In the first year of each two-year budget, the Assembly adopts the first year’s budget (FY19) and approves, in concept, the second year’s budget (FY20). The conceptually approved FY20 budget will be brought back before the Assembly next spring for review and adjustments before final adoption. The City Manager’s FY19 proposed budget was introduced April 4 and the Assembly Finance Committee held six meetings to review and make changes. There was a public hearing on the budget during a Special Assembly Meeting on April 25, and an additional opportunity to comment during last night’s Regular Meeting.
The Assembly adopted an overall citywide budget of $335 million, which is down $1 million from FY18. The major components of the budget are:
- $85.7 million for the Juneau School District. This amount is $1.8 million (2.1 percent) less than the district’s FY18 budget – state funding decreased while CBJ’s contribution increased by $1.1 million (4 percent). The Assembly already adopted this component of the budget at its May 14 Regular Meeting.
- $132.9 million for Enterprise Funds (hospital, airport, water utilities, and Docks & Harbors), which includes negotiated wage increases.
- $71.1 million for general government, an increase of $1.8 million (2.6 percent) over the FY18 budget. The total is $1.3 million above projected revenues and requires the use of savings. CBJ has adequate savings; prior to this FY19 draw, the Available Fund Balance (savings) is at $14 million.
- $25.7 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.
- $18 million for the bond debt service budget, which is down $3.4 million due to school bonds being fully paid off in FY18.
The property tax mill levy rate is 10.66 – the same as last year – which is broken into two buckets: 9.36 mills for the operating budget and 1.3 mills for debt service. CBJ is projecting to collect $44.5 million in property tax revenues, which is a $0.5 million (0.8 percent) increase to help fund education and general government programs. The debt service mill rate raises $6.5 million to pay debt service, which is an increase of $0.1 million.
With last night’s meeting, the Assembly officially wrapped up this year’s budget season. The final budget book will be posted on this page in late June, so make sure to check that out. And stay tuned, this summer, for more information on the budget and how it relates to you. See you soon!
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.