11/29/17 – The Juneau Common Council adopted the city’s 2018 budget Tuesday night. The $9.6-million document includes a tax levy of $1.3-million, which is down $56,000 from 2017. Juneau residents will see a decrease in the mill rate for the city portion of their taxes. The $9.35 tax rate approved is 14-cents less than the number homeowners saw last December. Equalized property values saw no change.
Mayor Dan Wegener says all committee heads worked together to bring forward the best possible budget for approval. He says all departments held the line on spending. There was a small deficit to overcome after absorbing roughly $30-thousand dollars of the library budget. Wegener says borrowing for capital projects last year helped ease the financial burden for this year’s budget. He says there were several big ticket items replaced with the current budget, including a squad car and fire truck as well as improvements at the Community Center.
Wegener says there are several road maintenance projects in the current budget including the total rehab of several city blocks which will cost $480-thousand dollars. He says they plan to do a full property reassessment of the city in the near future in the hopes of generating more tax dollars.