Thursday’s work session, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly got its first look
at the administration’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which begins
in July. For the first time ever, the borough will be funding the school district to the maximum allowed by law.
going up for the Kodiak Island Borough, but there shouldn’t be a mil rate
increase this year.
borough’s general fund budget totals about 15-point-4 million dollars, out of a
total budget of 31-point-1 million dollars. School funding, debt service and
solid waste collection are the largest expenditures.
Director Karl Short said that even though the budget is growing, he’s managed
to hold the line on property taxes:
sec “… another almost 900-thousand
He said the
borough would, however, be dipping into its savings account to balance its
spending this year:
sec “… down a lot next year. They won’t
11-million dollars of the general fund budget is dedicated to the Kodiak Island
Borough School District. Those costs have nearly doubled in the past 10 years.
school board members, along with senior staff were at Thursday’s meeting and
made their case for the borough to fund the district to the cap, or the maximum
allowed by law.
fuel and electricity costs were driving the request for the borough to fund the
district to the cap, according to Norm Wooten.
sec “… there is no advantage for us to
exceed the cap.”)
assembly members who spoke on the district’s request all were in favor of
funding to the cap. It will be the first time in anyone’s memory that the
borough has done so, says Short, who has worked in the finance department for
1-million-dollars was trimmed from the school district’s budget before it was
brought to the assembly, and those cuts include some staff. Gone next year will
be a central office administrator, a curriculum coordinator, a Kodiak Middle
School teacher and one rural schoolteacher. That’s on top of the savings of
closing the Danger Bay and Chiniak schools. Superintendent Larry LeDoux has
also ordered an across-the-board reduction of 15-percent in equipment and
assembly will take a closer look at the budget at this Thursday’s regular meeting.