Just as lawmakers in Juneau are trying to prioritize spending, local governments are also looking for input on how to operate with less revenue. The city of Kenai is holding a meeting Tuesday night to get that input from the community.
“It’s a meeting we’re calling Invest in Kenai. It’s an invite to the residents of the city to come and really share what is their priority for the city of Kenai, what is their vision for the city...and it’s specific to the budget in 2020 and future budgets," said city manager Paul Ostrander.
Municipalities across the state are trying to figure out priorities as financial support from the state dries up. The city of Kenai received an average of about $5 million a year in capital grants from the state in the years leading up to the recession, which began in 2015. But no state money has been available the past three years, forcing cities and boroughs to begin reexamining how to pay for major budget items.
The Invest in Kenai meeting is Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center.