Action Line: CBJ Assembly member Maria Gladziszewski discusses effects of Walker's vetoes

    "There was a deal with the state when we built schools; we would pay a certain amount, and they would pay a certain amount. Now, the state is saying they aren't paying that amount."

    Assemblymember Maria Gladziszewski talked about the impact on the local government of Governor Walker's vetoes to the operating budget while a guest on Action Line Friday.

    One veto was the amount of school debt reimbursement.

    "It will be $3 million in school debt reimbursement if the vetoes stand," Gladziszewski explained. "There was a deal with the state when we built schools; we would pay a certain amount, and they would pay a certain amount. Now, the state is saying they aren't paying that amount. So now, Juneau is on the hook for that. The state has never done this in the past. As they say, stuff rolls downhill, so those vetoes will affect every community in the state that has built a school in the last decade."

    We had this follow up question on the debt service part of the CBJ mill rate.

    "We budgeted based on the fact that the state was going to give us their 70%, so we lowered the mill rate that 0.1 mill, because we expected them not to renege on that deal."

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