The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed its $79 million fiscal 2001 spending plan unanimously. Among the highlights, the assembly:
n Reduced its subsidy to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Economic Development District, a nonprofit corporation independent of borough government, by $200,000 and used the savings to help fund a new borough Department of Economic and Community Development.
n Budgeted $699,448 to put new computers in borough schools. That funding, which does not count against the state cap on local contributions to the schools, is $257,000 more than Borough Mayor Dale Bagley originally had proposed. The increase will allow the school district to reinstate funding for school activities.
n Authorized spending $1.6 million to buy hospital air conditioning controls, a computer information system, a mobile X-ray machine and a laboratory modular building. The money will come from the Central Peninsula General Hospital plant replacement and expansion fund managed by CPGH Inc.
n Authorized spending an additional $101,000 for the Kenai River Center. That covers the expected increase in the borough's Kenai River Center expenses since the assembly imposed development restrictions on Kenai River tributaries and numerous other streams.
n Added $20,400 to the budget to cover an increase in assembly member stipends to $400 per month and the stipend of the assembly president to $500 per month. That just makes the money available. A separate ordinance is required to change the present stipends of $200 per month for assembly members and $300 per month for the assembly president.
n Boosted funding for school capital maintenance from $1.6 million this fiscal year to $2.24 million in the coming year. The Legislature has authorized the state to reimburse the borough for 70 percent of up to $7.429 million in school debt, subject to approval from borough voters and the commissioner of the Department of Education. The administration plans to ask the assembly later this year to put a bond proposal before voters.
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