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City Council wrapping up 2014 budget review

The Ketchikan City Council is wrapping up its annual series of budget review meetings this week, with special sessions Wednesday and Thursday, although City Mayor Lew Williams III says he’s optimistic that the reviews will wrap up tonight.

Both meetings start at 7 p.m. in Council chambers.

With a couple of last-minute add-ons, Wednesday’s meeting should mark the end of the Council’s review of the draft 2014 general government budget. After that, the seven-member body will start on next year’s spending plan for Ketchikan Public Utilities.

Up for a vote are some grants to be added to the city’s Museum, Police and Fire department budgets. But a big item is about $360,000 to replace the leaky roof on the downtown Centennial Building. After those items are discussed, the KPU budget review can begin.

Once the Council is done reviewing both budgets, members traditionally offer amendments to modify those documents. A final vote on the budgets must take place before the end of this month, which means the Council has until its regular meeting next Thursday to complete the process.

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