FISH TAXES

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Unalaska needs to be ready to fight for state funding in fiscal year 2021.

City lobbyist Dianne Blumer delivered that message Tuesday to the City Council.

She said she expects Gov. Mike Dunleavy to continue pushing for steep budget cuts to education, health care, and other state services that are critical to the community.

"It's not a promising picture," said Blumer. "I hate to be the gloom and doom here, but I anticipate the cuts that didn't happen this year are going to be taken up again for next session."

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Continued ferry service and shared fisheries taxes.

These are some of the new lobbying priorities under consideration as the Unalaska City Council prepares for meetings next month with its state and federal lobbyists.

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Despite spending concerns, the City of Unalaska has adopted a $39.9 million budget for fiscal year 2020 — up 27 percent from this year.

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Unalaska's budget process kicked off in earnest Monday night, as city officials proposed a $30.8 million operating plan for fiscal year 2020.

The budget is projected to run up a deficit of almost $8 million, even though most revenues and expenses are expected to remain status quo.

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The threat of state budget cuts could delay Unalaska's plans to renovate playgrounds, dredge the port, or complete other long-term projects.

Last week, the City Council balked at the local capital budget proposed for fiscal year 2020, which would spend $23.5 million on about 30 projects.

Councilor Shari Coleman said the city needs to be "much more conservative."

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