Bidding adieu to the long budget season

More than five hours and 39 motions later, the Assembly Finance Committee finished its work for this budget season during its May 9 meeting. That means the budget is now in the hands of the Assembly.

Of the 30 items on its pending list, the committee approved 19 of them, totaling $1.6 million above the Manager’s proposed FY19 budget, and an additional $700,000 to the FY20 budget. These amounts will be funded from savings:

  • JEDC request for base support: $25,000 in FY19 and $25,000 in FY20
  • JEDC request for extra program support: $75,000 in FY19
  • Teacher Excellence Fund: a decrease of $100,000 in FY20
  • Juneau Commission on Aging: $10,000 in FY19
  • Kinder Ready: $140,000 in FY19 and $140,000 in FY20
  • DBA funding: $75,000 in FY19 and $75,000 in FY20
  • Airport curb drop off education: $10,000 in FY19
  • Two additional Police Officers: $200,000 in FY19 and $200,000 in FY20
  • Increase police recruitment budget: $35,000 in FY19 and $35,000 in FY20
  • Two Civilian Investigators: $180,000 in FY19 and $180,000 in FY20
  • Net funding for CSO Officer: $48,000 in FY19 and $48,000 in FY20
  • Emergency Cold Weather Shelter: $75,000 in FY19 and $75,000 in FY20
  • Mental health study/Substance Abuse Treatment study: $45,000 in FY19
  • Work incentives: $9,000 in FY19
  • Eaglecrest support request: $25,000 in FY19 and $25,000 in FY20
  • Maintaining JSD facility grounds: $15,000 in FY19
  • North Douglas Crossing CIP: $250,000 in FY19
  • Business case/High level cost estimate for New City Hall CIP: $150,000 in FY19
  • Eaglecrest snowmaking equipment CIP: $250,000 in FY19

For brief descriptions of these items, please refer to the Pending Items List in the May 9 Assembly Finance agenda packet.

So far, CBJ is looking at drawing almost $2 million from savings for FY19 and $1.7 million for FY20. And there are still budget items pending related to emergency services that will increase both the FY19 and FY20 budgets and draw on savings.

The committee passed the Juneau School District Budget, which includes more than $1.3 million of outside the CAP funding. The school budget will be up for action at the May 14 Regular Assembly Meeting. The committee moved ordinances on the mill rate and the CBJ operating budget, and a resolution on the Capital Improvement Program as amended out of committee. These items are scheduled to be before the Assembly during a meeting June 4.

There is no Assembly Finance Committee meeting scheduled for May 16. Hurrah!

May 10th, 2018|

Curl up with the budget

Take the time to snuggle up and get comfortable with the budget because things are going to get interesting. By the end of the Assembly Finance Committee’s May 3 meeting, the pending list of proposed budget items now totals $6.1 million.

The committee heard a presentation from the Juneau Commission on Aging and put a funding request of $10,000 on the pending list. The funding would allow the advisory body to have staff support through the Juneau Economic Development Council.

The committee also heard a presentation on Best Starts for Juneau Kids, a pre-Kindergarten program for kids ages 0 to 5. Best Starts is requesting $2.18 million for a 2-year pilot program – about $790,000 for FY19 and $1.3 million for FY20. Both items were put on the pending list.

The Kinder Ready program for 4-year olds presented to the Finance Committee and requested $140,000 to add an additional Kinder Ready program within the school district. That got put on the pending list.

Aside from those, the committee added more on the pending list of proposed budget items: funding for two additional police officers ($300,000), increase police recruitment budget ($35,000), two civilian investigators ($180,000), net funding for a Community Service Officer ($90,000), Douglas Gravesite maintenance ($10,000), video camera grant ($50,000), and contract parking enforcement ($75,000). Note that a few of these items were originally on the Mayor’s Pending List, got moved off to be discussed, and are now officially on the pending list.

Aside from all the pending list stuff, the Finance Committee approved the City Manager’s Marine Passenger Fee Recommendations. Coming up on May 9, the Finance Committee is getting a memo on waste management/RecycleWorks and will start digging in on the pending list. Exciting!

May 4th, 2018|

The list of proposed budget items grows

It was a pretty packed Wednesday evening (April 25) at City Hall. The Assembly started with a Special Assembly Meeting to hear public comments on the budget. Five people spoke on the Juneau School District budget, specifically the automotive program. The Assembly also, as scheduled, made a preliminary decision on the school district budget funding – $26.4 million for fiscal year 2019, which would be the maximum local contribution allowed by state law if the state ends up passing an increase to per student funding. The school district has requested an additional $1.3 million for food service, student activities, school transportation and the Community Schools program. The Assembly Finance Committee will start deliberating on this during its May 3 meeting.

Now onto what happened at the Finance Committee Meeting, which started immediately after the Special Assembly Meeting. The committee approved the Youth Activities Board budget of $332,500, as well as Bartlett Regional Hospital’s budget of about $101 million. The Downtown Business Association made an impassioned presentation and requested $75,000, which the finance committee has put on its pending list.

Speaking of the pending list, it got a whole lot longer by the end of the meeting. But before we get into what got added, let’s go over what proposed budget items are already there – snowmaking at Eaglecrest ($250,000) and a couple requests from Juneau Economic Development Council ($25,000 and $165,000).

On Wednesday night, the Finance Committee discussed the Mayor’s Pending List Items and the Manager’s Pending List Items for fiscal years 2019 and 2020, which are all additional proposed budget items to be considered.

The Mayor’s List had 24 items.

  • Seven of those items were taken off to be addressed after the budget process : Extend fire service to roaded system; increase social service grants; community youth grants/high school activity grants/community service grants; water/sewer credit card payment program; millage rate rebate for non roaded property tax owners;senior sales tax reinstatement; and sales tax receipts rebate.
  • Five items will be addressed by the Assembly in the next couple of weeks: Civilian investigative staff; additional prosecutorial support staff; video camera grant; contract parking enforcement; and KinderReady preschool program in every elementary school.
  • And the remaining 12 will be added the Finance Committee pending list: Litter enforcement/abatement; dog licensing enforcement; incentives for sprinkler installation in high density areas; cleanup abandoned vehicles on public and private land; airport curb drop off education; emergency cold weather shelter; mental health study/substance abuse treatment study; work incentives; maintaining JSD facility grounds; Teacher Excellence Fund; second crossing CIP; and parking CIP. (Check out the list to see the dollar amounts)

The Manager’s List had seven items.

  • Three of these items were taken off to be addressed after the budget process: CCFR operational study; Juneau Renewable Energy Strategy implementation; and Recycleworks funding.
  • One item – recruitment and retention incentives – will be discussed at the April 30 Assembly Committee of the Whole work session.
  • And the other three will be added the Finance Committee pending list: Downtown Coordinator; business case/high level cost estimate for New City Hall; and CLIA litigation. (Again, check out the list to see the dollar amounts)

The Assembly Finance Committee will begin looking at this pending list at its next meeting on Thursday, May 3 at 5 pm in City Hall Chambers (note the different day of the week and different start time). The committee will also hear presentations from the Juneau Commission on Aging and Best Starts. It’s scheduled to take action on the Marine Passenger Free Recommendations.

Till next time…

April 27th, 2018|

Rain isn’t slowing us down

The Assembly Finance Committee continues to make progress on the budget, staying on pace and on schedule. The committee met on April 18 and accomplished the following:

  • Approved $860,000 to Travel Juneau; funding comes from hotel tax revenue. Travel Juneau typically gets 4/7 of CBJ’s hotel tax revenue, while Centennial Hall gets the rest.
  • Approved Alaska Small Business Development Center’s funding request of $28,000
  • Approved $300,000 to the Juneau Economic Development Council. JEDC requested an additional $25,000 and a one-time request of $165,000. Both of those requests are on the Finance Committee’s pending list.
  • Approved $1.9 million from the general fund for the Juneau pools.

Due to a couple members not being present, the Finance Committee postponed action on the Marine Passenger Fee Recommendations.

Now onto what’s coming up: April 25 is your chance to tell the Assembly what you think about the budget! 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 (the manager has proposed 10.66, the same as last year) at a public hearing during a Special Juneau Assembly Meeting on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. This is also the time when the Assembly is scheduled to make a preliminary decision on the Juneau School District budget funding.

Immediately following the April 25th Special Assembly Meeting, the Assembly will meet in Finance Committee and hear from the Youth Activities Board, Downtown Business Association and Bartlett Regional Hospital. The committee will also hear presentations on the proposed mill rate (which is 10.66, the same as last year) and debt service.

Also, a heads up – the May 2 Assembly Finance Committee meeting is in the process of being rescheduled.

April 19th, 2018|

Making progress

The Assembly Finance Committee crossed some things off the budget list during its meeting on April 11. It moved forward the Capital Improvement Program with small changes, the Docks & Harbors Department budget and the Juneau International Airport budget. Done, done and done.

On April 18, the committee is scheduled to hear funding request presentations from Travel Juneau, Alaska Small Business Development Center and Juneau Economic Development Council. The Aquatics Board will present its budget, information will be provided on Mental Health Trust’s sale of  the Public Safety Building and property, and the committee is scheduled to take action on the Marine Passenger Fee Recommendations. Finance Director Bob Bartholomew will also present on property tax breaks for economic development.

Please mark your calendars for April 25! This is when you can weigh in on the budget. 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 (the manager has proposed 10.66, the same as last year) at a public hearing during a Special Juneau Assembly Meeting on April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

And while the public hearing on the budget is on April 25, community members are always invited to sit in on any Assembly Finance Committee meeting, or contact the Assembly or city staff.

April 12th, 2018|