Tonight (05-23-17), the Sitka Assembly will review the proposed budget (Ord 2017-16) for the upcoming year.

See agenda here: 170523_AssemblyAgenda

Developed by city staff over the course of several months, the General Fund balance is $26 million dollars.  Folded into that is $6.5 million for the Sitka School District.  Student enrollment is projected to be 1,200 this year. The Assembly will also consider a $400,000 request (Memo SCH Modular) by Sitka Community Hospital for the purchase of more office space and a $400,000 transfer to establish a utility subsidization program for low income Sitkans.

The budget ordinances will receive a first reading tonight, and a second and final reading at the Assembly’s June 13th meeting.

The Assembly will also review seasonal moorage rates (2017-07 Baranof Warm Springs moorage rates) at Baranof Warm Springs Dock, consider a 99-year lease agreement and property expansion for Fortress of the Bear, and possibly move to appoint an interim city administrator. Mark Gorman’s last day on the job is June 15th.

The Sitka Assembly meets in Harrigan Centennial Hall at 6 p.m. tonight. Raven Radio will join the meeting live in progress, following Alaska News Nightly.