The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly
approved an ordinance introducing its fiscal year 2010 budget at its regular
meeting Thursday evening. The Assembly also approved a resolution establishing
funding for the Kodiak Island
District, funding that fell somewhat short of what
the district had requested.
The borough's budget includes funds
to be spent in the general fund, special revenue funds, debt service funds,
capital project funds and enterprise funds for fiscal year 2010. The total of
all revenues and expenditures was just over 32-million dollars, leaving a
general fund balance of about 1-point-six million dollars, according to borough
finance director Karl Short.
Assemblywoman Pat Branson said it's
important to remember that the approved ordinance was merely an introduction of
the budget and that it's still open for amendments and public scrutiny before a
final budget is adopted.
1 15 sec. "This is the introduction ... FY10 budget on June 4th.")
in the meeting, assembly members approved funding for the school district in
the amount of 10-point-2 million dollars, some 370-thousand dollars short of
the district's request. Speaking before the assembly's vote, school district
board president Norm Wooten appealed to assembly members to fund the maximum
allowable contribution from local sources.
2 28 sec. "We did request 10 ... communities on Kodiak
Assemblyman Jerrol Friend
said that as budget discussions progress, there is at least the possibility of
ultimately being able to fund the full amount. However, he said
it isn't possible currently.
3 12 sec. "I think given where we're at
... we can find that money.")
with Friend, Branson acknowledged the importance of funding education to the
highest possible level, but said the borough has to work out the details of its
own budget first.
4 27 sec. "It's not to close the door
... FY10 budget on June 4th.")
Assemblywoman Judy Fulp
said the assembly should take a conservative approach.
5 7 sec. "We have to really scrutinize
... have to take some time.")
members of the public interested in reviewing the budget to the borough's web site.
Branson encouraged people to review the budget and provide feedback. The
assembly will next meet in a work session on May 28th.