The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly
reviewed its fiscal year 2010 draft annual operating budget at its work session
last night. While discussion and analysis focused on the overall budget,
including the general fund, it was mostly concentrated on special revenue
funds, debt service enterprise funds and capital projects funds.
City Manager Rick Gifford said he
was pleasantly surprised by the numbers given the state and the country's current
-- (Budget 1 40 sec. "It has been an interesting ... in our strategic plan.")
Short, finance director for the borough, said the draft budget is balanced and
leaves the borough in the black by the end of fiscal year 2010, within its
-- (Budget 2 34 sec. "This draft budget ... million
dollars in fund balance.")
item in the budget that generated a lot of discussion was 36,000 dollars
annually to maintain the school building in Chiniak that is no longer in use.
Woody Koning, director of the borough's Engineering and Facilities Department
said the community is working on reducing that amount so that the building can
remain a school for future use in the hopes that student numbers will rise in
the near future.
-- (Budget 3 40 sec. "They're working on ... that
36,000 dollars significantly.")
said he consulted with the Alaska Department of Education about the matter, and
said that once the building is turned over to the borough, there's no turning
-- (Budget 4 32 sec. "Once they turn it over ... and those kinds of things.")
maintenance coordinator for the Engineering and Facilities Department, said
that given past experience, it would be wise to continue to maintain the old
Chiniak school, because the re-opening of the school is always a possibility.
-- (Budget 5 26 sec. "We had Karluk closed ... and those kinds of things.")
Other items in the
budget that were discussed included parks and recreation, tourism development,
metal recycling and the Kodiak Arts Council. Assembly members agreed that the
draft budget can use some fine tuning, but that it was a good start. The
assembly will hold its next regular meeting Thursday May 7th.