Capital Budget Passes, No Vetoes for Kenai

The state capital and operating budgets were signed yesterday afternoon, giving the green light for almost $60,000,000 worth of Kenai area projects.


Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said he looks forward to appropriating the money, and appreciated that the Governor didn’t veto any items for the Kenai.


Statewide, Parnell announced vetoes of $2.5 million from budgets, bringing the new totals to $13.2 billion for next fiscal year. His office said this new budget represents a 14 percent decrease from the current fiscal year. The Governor was riding a wave of enthusiasm at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce yesterday, where he started signing bills into law.


Gov. Parnell: “It’s been a historic year for our state, it’s been phenomenal year. A comeback year. A year of courage, hard work, and results.”


Locally, infrastructure projects were lined out for $44,829,000, with education receiving $8,718,000 and $6,336,036 for public safety and health.


Local projects of note:

Kenai – State Personal Use Fishery Capital Improvements $150,000

Kenai and Soldotna – Water Storage Reservoir Construction $2.5 million each

Kenai Peninsula Borough – Road Projects $2million

Kenai Peninsula Borough – Soldotna High Schools Artificial Turf Field

River Bank Stabilization and Improvements at Bing’s Landing (Kenai River Special Management Area) $ 2million


The Chinook Salmon Research Initiative also received $7.5 million.


To see the full break down for the Kenai area, click here.

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