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The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.
The assembly voted to award a $5.5-million contract to Dawson Construction to build a new UV Disinfection Facility, which will bring Sitka’s primary source of drinking water into compliance with federal regulations.
Water, sewer and electricity rates will rise. So, most likely, will garbage and harbor rates. But, says finance director Jay Sweeney, "Sitka’s utility costs are not seriously out of whack with the national average."
The Sitka School district appears headed for some budget cuts next year. This was the message Monday night (2-24-14) at a public hearing held at Pacific High School. The board has offered no specific cuts, yet. The hearing was one of several planned to help them take the public’s temperature on district programs in the arts and technology.
Sitkans may be looking at additional increases in water rates in the near future, despite a series of recent hikes to keep the fund afloat. City finance director Jay Sweeney told the Sitka Assembly in a work session last night that unanticipated expenses had derailed a five-year master plan, and the Water Fund was looking weak. He also had concerns over the Solid Waste Fund.
Sitka's finance director is now the "Chief Financial and Administrative Officer" for the city. The assembly Tuesday night (1-14-14) unanimously approved a recommendation from administrator Mark Gorman to give Sweeney the new title, and to move the Information Services and Human Resources departments under his supervision.
The cost of keeping a boat in Sitka’s harbors will likely increase next year, by about 6%. The Sitka Assembly voted to raise moorage fees at its regular meeting on Tuesday night, and the increase is probably the first of many.