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Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

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The City of Unalaska has unanimous approved a $29.8 million budget for the fiscal year 2019.

It covers scheduled expenses – including software updates, employee raises, and new equipment at the community center.

Mayor Frank Kelty calls it a conservative budget.

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The Unalaska City Council has approved $35,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors.

At the regular meeting last week, councilors voted unanimously to split the funds between all 20 applicants. The names of the scholarship recipients and award amount will be announced at the high school graduation on Saturday.

At the next meeting, the council will have a second reading of the 2019 operating and capital budget.

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Once again, Unalaska's public schools and nonprofits will receive the city's full financial support — even as officials worry about leaner times to come.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to grant the Unalaska City School District's $4.1 million funding request for fiscal year 2019.

They did the same for 10 nonprofits, which had collectively asked for almost $1.3 million.

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State troopers have wrapped up a months-long investigation concerning at least one of Unalaska’s elected officials.

The case is now under review by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

But Unalaskans still know very little about what’s under scrutiny.

Troopers closed the investigation and compiled their findings late last week. Now, the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP) will decide what happens next.

City of Unalaska

Unalaska’s Planning Department is gathering public input Tuesday on issues including road paving and trail maintenance.

Planning Director Bil Homka said feedback will shape the city’s comprehensive plan, which lays out community development goals for the coming decades.

KUCB’s Vic Fisher spoke with Homka to learn more about the public meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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