Seems like my only posts this winter are about the assembly…
Tonight will be another regular assembly meeting at the High School Auditorium 7pm. Here are the attachments:
#1 Feb 19 Notice Agenda minutes 6.1
Notice, agenda, meeting minutes from the Feb 5th meeting and a flier from the tribe about “Adverse Childhood Experiences”
#2 Feb 19 Ordinances
Introduction of ORD 15-584 – Defining “public place” for Marijuana consumption and prohibiting the manufacture of “Marijuana Concentrates”
Introduction of ORD 15-585 – Changing the Borough Tax Code to allow exemptions from sales tax for wholesale purchases of “ingredients”
#3 10.1 and Calendar
Monthly financial statement ending December 31st and Borough meeting calendar
2015 Legislative Bulletin 29-3
Report from the Alaska Municipal League listing State of AK legislative bills
Inspection summary and detailed report_02-16-15
Energy Audits of Alaska report on the VEEP Grant projects
A report on what Kake, Alaska did to stimulate economic development
We also received this e-mail relating to State of AK funding issues for the Alaska Land Mobile Radio program and Secure Rural Schools funding:
“First of all………………………to those of you interested in ALMR (the Alaska Land Mobile Radio) issue, the Governor’s budget has reduced the “ALMR payment for municipalities” from $500,000 to $160,000. My concern has been………………….how does the Department of Administration hope to handle this shortfall? Will they come to municipalities for this money? I spoke to someone in that Department today who said that, SO FAR, that is NOT the intent of the Department. They are, as we speak, cutting back on contractors. That, for right now, is very good news. In years past, they have attempted to get this money from municipalities. For those of you who use the system, however, it is not apparent what “cost-savings” will do to the system. The Commissioner of the Department said yesterday in a Senate hearing that they would also be attempting to look for equipment that served the same purpose, but which was more cost effective (sounds better than “cheaper”), however, they had not identified any as of yet. We are attempting to line someone up at the last minute to discuss the State’s plans with the future of ALMR.
That is the good news.
The bad news………………………………as most of you know who receive Timber Receipts (or funding from Secure Rural Schools), the funding has crashed. AML has been taking this message to our State Legislature, as well. They need to be made aware that while they discuss cuts to municipalities, that we are getting cut in other areas, as well. Here is a list of the communities that receive Timber Receipts, what they would have received (without the latest sequester) and what they will get this year. It might make you want to throw up.
Municipality SRS After sequester
Anchorage $93,040 $2,836
Haines $154,801 $51,686
Juneau $728,908 $32,023
Kenai Borough $676,603 $45,724
Ketchikan Gateway $1,230,435 $11,167
Mat-Su $19,285 $95,410
Petersburg $1,477,160 $9,726
Sitka $941,775 $41,399
Skagway $24,027 $2,783
Wrangell $1,315,138 $49,971
Yakutat $659,974 $38,336
Unorganized (this money is “split” between municipalities in forested areas that are not in an Organized Borough
Three of us will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in about a week to address this issue with some members of Congress. Things can look a bit glum with regards to our State deficit, but remember that as political subdivisions, we should certainly not ever be content to be pushed to the back when it comes to sharing the state’s revenues. We at AML will NEVER give up!!!!!!“
And finally… we’ll have a special Executive Work Session on February 23rd at 6pm at the CBY Office to review two reports the assembly commissioned last year. Some of the information may have a direct adverse impact on the financial wellbeing of the Borough, thus the Executive Session requirement (AKA – not open to the public). No other business may take place at this meeting.