May 21 was the first public hearing on the proposed FY2020 budget, this will be a second hearing on June 4 at the regular assembly meeting. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “There is certainly a lot of information, and a lot of numbers. Any time you are dealing with a lot of numbers it’s very easy to get lost, get lost in the numbers. As the cuts come, reductions in services and dollard overall change, and shift. The priorities need to change as well, I think it’s an exercise to see what it is that we really must do.” One of the outlined goals in the mayor’s proposed budget is to fund education at the highest level “borough residents can afford and sustain”. A number of residents in the community testified in support of fully funding for KPC. Among those was KPC Carrie Couey, Director of Administrative Services for KPC: “We have more students and credit hours than the University of Alaska, Southeast. College educated citizens earn higher wages, buy homes, services, and good. Funding for KPC churns through our economy over and over. The return on your investment in us, is priceless.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be taking a second round of public testimony on the proposed budget for FY20 at their meeting on Tuesday. The borough passed an amendment to their proposed FY20 budget to increase funding towards KPC. In the budget Mayor Charlie Pierce proposed $800,000 funding for KPC. The amendment introduced by Assemblyman Hal Smalley increased that funding to $847,186.