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Local projects retained in Legislature’s capital budget

Ketchikan projects that the Senate had added to its version of the capital budget were retained in the final House version, with some additions.

The Legislature approved the House version of the capital budget Sunday, the last day of the session.

Local projects in the budget include two big-ticket items, $15 million for Ketchikan Medical Center, and $10 million for the Water Street trestle project. The budget also includes funding to improve Bar Harbor South, repair water and sewer systems, remodel the airport’s rescue building, and finish the waterfront promenade.

Those items already had been in the Senate version. Added by the House is money for the Mahoney Lake Hydroelectric project, and for the planned Ketchikan Performing Arts Center.

Metlakatla also receives $14.5 million for its elementary school renovation project.

The $2.2 billion capital budget hasn’t made it over all the hurdles yet; it still must get past Gov. Sean Parnell, who has line-item veto power. Parnell’s proposed budget, submitted late last year, had totaled $1.8 billion.

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