legislature at last has a first draft capital projects budget to consider. The
Senate Finance committee released its version of the plan Monday afternoon.
the school district, the Kodiak Electric Association's hydro electric expansion
and public library fare well. Meanwhile all funding for the Alaska Aerospace
Corporation has been cut. Committee Co-chair Bert Stedman of Sitka told reporters that
the $2.9 billion budget is fiscally responsible as it emphasizes future
line by line inside the $2.9 billion budget prepared by the Senate includes
$15.5 million for the Kodiak high school, $6.9 million for a new public library
and $7.5 million for Kodiak Electric Association which is working to expand
capacity at its Terror
Lake hydro electric
The Senate has also removed any requirement
for a local match for $3.6 million the governor has set aside for a UV water treatment
plant for the city of Kodiak.
Also included are $2 million for improvements to the city's Baranof Park
and $1.6 million for an eight-foot pedestrian/bike path from Pier 2/city dock
to downtown. There's also $384,000 to design an extension leading all the way
to Dead Man's Curve.
fared as follows: Earmarked is $1.5 million for Old Harbor's
airport and $237,500 for hydroelectric. And there's nearly $108,000 for a sewer
line repair in Akhiok.
from the Senate's capital budget is any funding for the Alaska Aerospace
Corporation. The governor's budget had allotted $4 million. That was less than
the $10 million requested by the state-owned corporation that operates the
Kodiak Launch Complex. But those funds didn't survive the Senate Finance
President Gary Steven's chief of staff Katrina Metheny said it was not Steven's
doing. She said the senator does support the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, adding there would be opportunities to
re-insert the funding at a later date though she offered no commitment it would
committee begins hearing details of the new bill Tuesday.