Committee of the Whole hears from Aquatics Board and BRH, votes down sales tax exemption on groceries

    The Juneau Committee of the Whole heard a presentation from Bartlett Regional Hospital about updated plans for a child and adolescent mental health unit, as well as an annual report from the new empowered aquatics board, showing how pool use and revenue has increased, while operating costs have decreased. They also voted not to pass a motion to prepare a ballot measure for removing the sales tax from groceries.

    The Juneau Committee of the Whole heard a presentation Monday night from Bartlett Regional Hospital about updated plans for a child and adolescent mental health facility.

    In 2012, voters approved 4 million dollars to build it.

    Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl says the hospital board has revised the plan to serve more kids in the community and be run more economically ...

    The Committee of the Whole also heard the new empowered aquatics board's annual report, showing how pool use and revenue have increased, while operating costs have decreased.

    Kiehl says they also heard about maintenance needs...

    As for removing the sales tax from groceries for all in Juneau, the committee did not pass a motion to prepare a ballot measure...

    The committee also received a copy of the draft energy plan, which willl be discussed at a future meeting. It is available to view at the city website.

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