City's New FY16 Budget Plan Includes Smaller Surplus

Tuesday, May 12 2015

Unalaska’s operating budget for the next fiscal year will get a first reading when city council meets tonight -- with only half as big a surplus as expected.

The budget includes $32 million in expected revenue and $25 million in spending from the general fund.

That’s more spending than the plan originally iincluded. In her memo to council, finance director Patricia Soule says she’s factored in final totals for school funding and shrinking state allocations.

Now, she says the city will run a surplus of $6.6 million if the budget passes as-is. Council will vote on moving it forward to a public hearing tonight.

Council will also talk more about funding for nonprofits tonight, including a separate discussion about the Museum of the Aleutians’ $292,000 appropriation. That’s so councilor Zoya Johnson -- also the museum’s director -- can abstain from from voting.

Also tonight, council will tackle some housing issues: hearing appeals to this year’s personal property tax assessments, and going over the results of a 2014 study on how to use Unalaska’s empty land and create new housing.

Council will also take a final vote on whether they should be allowed to attend their own meetings by phone during summer travel. They meet tonight -- in person -- at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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