Council member John Whiddon asked to amend the budget by cutting out the city cleanup. The amendment reduces the general fund police community services used for towing vehicles from $40,000 to $20,000, and reduces the general fund public works streets account from $21,000 to $4,000.
Council member Charles Davidson spoke against the cut.
“I’m opposed to this because I think that’s a needed service that we provide for the city,” he said. “A lot of people don’t have the capacity to take things out to the dump.”
Council members Terry Haines and Randall Bishop commented on why they support the cut.
“In this day and age, I think it is time for the community to take responsibility into its own hands, and not rely so much on the city,” Bishop said. “It’s a wonderful service, but it’s the right time and place for it to be cut without too much argument.”
The amendment to eliminate the cleanup passed 4-1, Davidson opposed.
City manager Aimée Kniaziowski did a final reading of the city budget.
“This budget is 7 percent lower than the current amended FY2012 budget,” Kniaziowski said. “It’s an approximate $3 million reduction. It provides the same level of services as the current year’s budget.”
The city’s 2013 operating budget is approximately $35 million.
The city has also decided to track the number of part-time staff for an analysis.
In the 2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1, the city will employ 120 regular full-time employees and 5.15 regular part-time people, each working 20 to 30 hours per week.
In other business, the council approved the marketing and tourism development agreement with the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau for fiscal year 2013. The council voted to reduce the contract by $10,000 from $100,000 to $90,000.
Davidson argued against the reduction.
“Right now, when there is a reduction from 21 to three cruise ships, is not the time to reduce your tourism budget,” Davidson said.
Whiddon responded that the 2011 budget was for $90,000 and that the increase in the 2012 budget was a one-time-only increase.
The motion passed 4-1, Davidson opposed.
Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiak