The Kodiak Island Borough has
released a report outlining spending bills approved during the Alaska State
Legislature's session and funding of interest to the Kodiak community.
According to borough lobbyist Mark Hickey's
report, municipal revenue sharing for fiscal year 2010 was funded at the same
level as the current fiscal year. However, borough manager Rick Gifford said
that economic stimulus funding will bring in added revenue to the borough.
-- (Gifford 1 22 sec. "Apparently the federal economic ... extra to the borough.")
funding for 2010 included an increase of 100-dollars per student in base
student allocation as well as an increase of 12.5-percent in area cost
differential. Gifford said the incremental increase brings the school district
closer to the 100-percent mark of the area cost differential, or how much more
education costs in communities outside of Anchorage,
identified several years ago but never fully implemented.
-- (Gifford 2 17 sec. "They had never ... over the next two or three years.")
included in education funding was 93-million-dollars in stimulus funds, but
Gifford said it was unclear whether the governor would accept or veto those
funds, and how the funds would be allocated if they were accepted.
-- (Gifford 3 18 sec. "They're still waiting for ... knows for sure at this point.")
among capital projects approved by the Legislature was 17.5-million-dollars for
the Kodiak Launch Complex infrastructure, 6-million-dollars for Chiniak Road
improvements, 3.2-million for Kodiak schools seismic mitigation project and
2.8-million for a building at the Kodiak Airport. Three transportation projects
were funded with federal stimulus money, including Rezanof Drive resurfacing in the amount
of 10-million-dollars, 8.4-million for Ouzinkie
Airport reconstruction and 1.2-million
for a Kodiak Airport chemical storage building.
Renewable energy grants netted Kodiak 4-million-dollars for the Pillar Mountain
wind project and 225,000-dollars for the Old Harbor
said the Legislature was hamstrung by not having any discretionary funding at
its disposal. He said he was pleased with the funding Kodiak did receive, but
said it could have been better, especially when compared with previous years.
-- (Gifford 4 41 sec. "Between the borough ... has been
in prior years.")
Gifford commended Hickey for the
comprehensive report, saying he did a good job of outlining the bills that passed
and didn't pass and those of interest to the community. Gifford directed
those interested in reviewing the full legislative report to the borough's web