City Manager Rorie Watt discusses budget ordinances on Action Line

    Ordinances related to the next two year budget are up for action at Monday night's meeting of the Juneau Assembly.

    Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 2:05pm by Lance David

    Ordinances related to the next two year budget are up for action at Monday night's meeting of the Juneau Assembly.

    City Manager Rorie Watt talked about that on Action Line Friday.

    Watt was asked how the proposed spending level compares with the current budget.

    "It's basically flat from last year," stated Watt. "The city is in the position it's in on purpose; people have worked really hard on this issue over the last several years. We've saved money, put it in reserves, and worked on cost control. We're not rolling in money by any stretch of the imagination, but we're able to continue the same level of services this year at a slightly reduced cost. We've got to be proud of that, and we should be."

    Watt says the Assembly will discuss the mill rate level.

    "The current proposal on the table is to leave it the same as last year. Monday night is the ordinance to appropriate the budget, set the mill rate, approve the capital plan, and approve the school district's budget. Until that's done, it won't be finalized, and Monday is the last opportunity for public comment on those issues."

    As he mentioned, the capital improvement program is also up for final action.

    "There are no major changes," explained Watt. "Our capital improvement plan is a six year plan with a current year funding. We're appropriating sales tax to take care of our roads and facilities. It's our maintenance budget, whether that be the infrastructure out in the right-of-way roads and pipes or our buildings."

    The Assembly is scheduled to convene at 7 p.m. Monday in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

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