After some final adjustments, the
Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed its roughly 36-million dollar fiscal year
2010 budget in a five-to-one vote at its regular meeting last (Thursday) night. While the
borough managed to avoid a property tax increase of a quarter-mill, one
assembly member and some members of the community expressed their concerns
about the borough's expanding budget.
Included in the budget are revenues
and expenditures in the general fund, special revenue, debt service, capital
project and enterprise funds. Of these, the general fund represented the
largest portion of the budget at 16-point-six million dollars.
Speaking during the public hearing
on the budget ordinance, Mel Stevens said he was troubled by the borough's ever-growing
budget, which he said he has studied extensively over the past 16 years.
1 53 sec. "Your present budget is about ...
around 125 percent.")
Louise Stutes, who cast the assembly's sole dissenting vote on the budget ordinance,
said she is alarmed that the budget continues to increase each year,
particularly given the times.
2 36 sec. "The majority of cities ... in formulating this budget.")
Noting that early versions
of the budget included a mill rate increase, assemblywoman Pat Branson defended
the budget as amended. She said the assembly had a month to discuss the budget
and that finding ways to decrease it should have been done during that period.
3 30 sec. "The
assembly has discussed this ... and so
is the budget.")
Final adjustments included
an increase of 35-thousand dollars in non-profit funding, 12-thousand dollars
for the school crossing guard program, five-thousand, four-hundred dollars for the
North Star PTA for safety lighting and 20-thousand, two-hundred dollars for
state revenue sharing for the Village
The budget also included funding for the new position of code enforcement
officer in the amount of about 100-thousand dollars, including salary and
benefits, which was distributed among various funds.