The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly’s annual policy session kicks off Friday morning.

The work session-style meeting is broken into a range of topics, beginning with budget assumptions and guidelines, including long-range fiscal planning. The assistant borough manager will present budget spreadsheets with projections to 2027. Funds to be discussed include the general fund, local education fund, recreation and school bond capital improvement plans, and the commercial passenger vessel tax fund.

The assembly will also talk about the borough’s five-year capital plan. Major projects staff foresee for both the borough and school district include expansion of the airport terminal, improvements to sports fields, and security upgrades in schools.

In addition, the assembly will hear a presentation on economic development strategies, focusing on development of place, workforce, community affordability and housing.

As a work session, no formal action will be taken.

Friday’s all-day meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will be live-streamed on the borough website and carried on local cable channels. Due to current COVID19, cold, and flu outbreaks in the community, the meeting will be held virtually.

Those wishing to speak during citizen comments should contact the Borough Clerk’s Office prior to 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 27th at 907-228-6605 or by email at Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

Here is a link to the meeting agenda and more information.