Fund appropriations top assembly agenda

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2004

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider several measures proposing to appropriate funds or proposing changes in borough law at Tuesday's meeting.

Public hearings on the following ordinances also are set:

Ordinance 2003-19-50 would accept and appropriate a $10,000 grant form the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management for research and mapping of section line easements. This funding is in addition to some $70,000 earmarked for the same purpose that was received through the Alaska Department of Natural Resources last year.

Ordinance 2003-19-51 would accept and appropriate an Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management grant totaling $7,100 to the borough's Local Emergency Planning Committee.

This funding is supplemental to the $17,900 already supplied by the state.

Ordinance 2003-19-52 would appropriate supplemental funding in the amount of $87,500 to cover costs associated with board of equalization hearings over an above what was anticipated in the current budget. The money would be split between the borough's legal and assessing departments and used to hire professional firms needed to represent the borough's interests.

Ordinance 2003-19-54 would appropriate supplemental funding to cover health insurance costs in excess of budgeted amounts. Between July and April of the current fiscal year, insurance costs came in 25 percent higher than expected.

The added costs were $340,000 in the general fund and $330,000 total in various service areas. Most of that increase can be absorbed by the various budgets of those entities, according to comptroller Craig Chapman.

The extra $141,500 will be distributed as needed to departments and service area budgets that cannot absorb the added costs. The budgets affected include Purchasing, Communication, the Legal Department, the Assessing Department's appraisal division, school custodial, school maintenance and the Nikiski Senior Service Area.

Ordinance 2004-12 would amend borough code clarifying provisions regarding appointment and removal of administrators.

Ordinance 2004-15 would authorize retention or sale of certain real property obtained by the borough through tax foreclosure proceedings. Nineteen parcels are recommended for retention for public purposes, while 58 are recommended for sale by auction.

Ordinance 2004-17 would amend borough code to exempt certain types of nonprofit organizations providing spill-related services from the borough sales tax. The ordinance would affect Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response Inc., exempting the organization from charging sales tax on the cost of providing spill training sessions.

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