After weeks of budget work sessions, the Nome Joint Utility has finally approved its financial plan for the new year.
“Basically we need to figure out how to get $1 million closer than we are today,” Utility Manager John Handeland said of the group’s 2015 budget.
The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
Foster looks to his seat on the Transportation committee and his ties to the House majority; Olson won’t be caucusing with the Senator Majority, but will keep key seat on Finance committee.
The Nome School Board debated the need for a new technology position, as workloads become unmanageable servicing new systems and equipment.
With up to 15-million dollars in state budget cuts hitting the University of Alaska Fairbanks, radio station KUAC will be forced to drop programming from the Alaska Public Radio Network—but a decision reached Thursday gives the station an extra 3 months to work out a solution.
A conference call about federal polices on Alaska lands became part of the ongoing debate about a proposed mining road to Ambler, with the total cost of the road officially projected to be as high as $400 million—a number that’s interesting as much for what it leaves in as out.
The city is hoping an 8% tax on tobacco and alcohol will help pull in revenue, but any new tax would have to go before voters.
Nome Public Schools will offer a full breakfast for students by the Fall 2014 school year, a move made possible by contracting all meal preparation in the district to an outside company.
Last night, in front of a packed crowd, the Common Council voted in a budget for Nome Public Schools that keeps funding flat from last year.