Three resolutions are in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Tuesday.
The first is a joint resolution with the Ketchikan School Board, opposing the state’s move to reduce state expenditures related to public education. The resolution says the state is legally obligated to establish and maintain a system of public schools.
It states that reductions to the state’s contribution to public education places a higher financial burden on local communities.
The resolution opposes reductions to the school bond debt reimbursement program, any reductions to the state’s funding formula for public schools, and any move to increase the local burden of financing public employee and teacher pension programs.
The second resolution identifies statewide policy priorities for Ketchikan. That resolution also mentions public education funding and public employee pensions as top priorities, along with maintaining revenue sharing for cruise passenger head-tax funds, funding the Alaska Marine Highway System, and continuing efforts to limit or eliminate the Roadless Rule on the Tongass National Forest.
The third resolution lists capital project funding requests that will be submitted to the state. They include school and road projects, airport maintenance, and Walker Field reconstruction.
Tuesday’s assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in borough assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.