Assembly to address transportation

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2006

Since passing an ordinance in 2000, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has exercised transportation powers and partially funded the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS).

That power, authorized by state law, originally was to expire in September 2001, but was extended through September 2006 by a 2001 ordinance.

A new ordinance introduced at the July 11 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting would do away with the periodic need to formally extend transportation powers.

Mayor John Williams told the assembly in a June 27 memo the exercise is unnecessary because the assembly addresses transportation funding with every annual budget.

The ordinance “recognizes that the assembly may repeal its authority to exercise transportation powers by ordinance at any time,” the mayor said.

CARTS got $50,000 from the borough in the fiscal year 2004 and 2005 budgets. That was cut to $25,000 in the current fiscal year 2007 budget.

The assembly will hold a public hearing on the ordinance on Aug. 15.

Also set for a public hearing at that meeting is an ordinance that would make certain changes to the borough code addressing budget-writing processes.

According to Finance Director Craig Chapman, the code establishes the fiscal year and other procedures, but does not address budgetary control and the basis on which the budget is prepared.

The ordinance would update the code to do those things.

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