The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved almost $400,000 in non profit funding during its regular meeting last night. The money, which will be included in the FY 2015 budget, will go to 17 non profits in varying amounts, based on need and services the organizations provide.
The assembly introduced a new application process for non profit funding last year, and was firm on its requirements for local organizations seeking borough dollars this time around. A handful of those organizations ultimately missed out on funding due to incomplete or late applications.
Assemblyman Mel Stephens moved to amend the non profit funding list to include those organizations, but when put to a vote, the amendment failed 6-1.
During last night’s meeting the assembly also introduced an ordinance that would provide specific guidelines for assembly members’ and community members’ behavior during meetings, and how to handle situations when those guidelines aren’t followed.
Assemblywoman Chris Lynch explained the goal behind the ordinance.
“What we’ve tried to do is
hone the actual chapter of decorum in debates so that as the presiding
officer of the meeting you can have better tools when people are saying
things that are disrespectful, you have something to refer to – it’s to
keep order in the meetings, it’s to treat people with respect and it’s
to give us the tools to implement that. That’s all it’s really meant
Assemblyman Mel Stephens said he would vote
against the ordinance because he felt it was inappropriate and a waste
of time. He asked for concrete examples of why this ordinance might be
needed, specifically, instances at meetings where comments may have been
out of line.
that next time we can talk about concrete situations that would be
addressed by this proposed ordinance. I tell you myself, I cannot recall
any incidence of profanity, slander or threats. As to remarks that are
personally offensive, I suppose that’s kind of like beauty – it’s in the
eye of the beholder, and the same way about insulting. But let’s try to
focus on actual incidents and then see whether the language of this
ordinance would have moved this along.”
passed in a 6-1 vote with Stephens dissenting. It now moves on to a
second reading and public hearing at the assembly’s next regular
During Borough Manager’s comments Bud Cassidy shared
the recent news regarding PILT funding from Washington, D.C. PILT stands
for payment in lieu of taxes, and is given to places that have a
sizable amount of federal land, which cannot be taxed by local boroughs.
“Even though it’s
more nationwide, it translates to about $100,000 more than last year,
but I think we’ll accept anything greater than we recieved.”
That extra $100,000 translates to a total PILT payment of $1.5 milllion
to the Kodiak Island Borough. Nationwide the amount of PILT funding
increased by $2 million.