regular Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting is expected to be long and
contentious as the assembly prepares to patch a 30 percent hole in next year's
budget before July 1st.
hearings tonight include school district funding and a proposed increase in the
severance tax. The first has garnered a lot of public support, the later has
raised the ire of local fishermen.
funding has remained steady the past few years, but supporters at a recent
assembly work session asked for increased funds. Assembly members discussed
funding local schools no higher than current levels.
The resolution set for tonight's
public hearing would establish the minimum amount of funds the borough would
provide the school district. The school district has a looming deadline and
needs a figure to plug into its budget. The borough assembly could decide at a
later date to increase funding for schools.
The second public hearing deals
with the severance tax.
Right now the severance tax on
resources harvested inside the borough is the same as the mill rate on real
property. Borough staff recommends disconnecting the tax from the mill rate and
increasing it to a flat 1.5 percent of value on resources. That includes fish,
timber and minerals.