Last week Governor Sean Parnell signed budget bills totaling $12.8 billion for next year. That compares to roughly $13.2 billion for the current year. Within those bills was the capital budget, which included more than $36 million for the Kodiak Island Borough to put toward various capital improvement projects around the archipelago.
Topping the list was $15 million that will go toward the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill trustee council land acquisition on Afognak Island. More than $10 million will go to improving the Kodiak airport and just over $3 million will help the Aleutian Homes water and sewer replacement project.
Also making the list this year was almost $2.5 million for deferred maintenance on the Kodiak Launch Complex and roughly the same amount for the Monashka pumphouse replacement project. Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association will receive just over $1 million for Pillar Creek Hatchery upgrades.
Ouzinkie will get $300,000 for emergency repairs to the Mahoona Dam and $54,000 will go toward the small boat harbor breakwater stub design in Port Lions.
All total 16 Kodiak projects were funded through the state’s capital budget.
Parnell issued no vetoes on the budget.
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