CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU
ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE WORK SESSION
No public testimony
Wednesday, February 9, 5 p.m.
I. Call to Order
II. Approval of Minutes
A. January 31, 2005 Committee of the Whole meeting
III. Bartlett Regional Hospital - Preliminary Audit Findings
This resolution would increase the Port Development Fee imposed on cruise ships and other vessels carrying passengers for hire making port calls in Juneau, by one dollar per passenger. Revenue from this fee increase would be deposited into the Port Development Fund, which was established by Resolution 2163. Fees deposited into the Fund would be used first for the purposes outlined in Resolution 2163 and Ordinance 2003-01, which authorized revenue bonds for construction of the Steamship Wharf/Marine Park Plaza project. After that use, the Port Development Fund would be used to construct projects on the downtown waterfront as outlined in the Long-Range Waterfront Development Plan.
CBJ representatives met with the NorthWest Cruise Line Association in Seattle to review the waterfront development plan and methods of financing. Industry representatives objected to funding mechanisms that are not directly tied to specific projects, and suggested that the industry already transfers directly or indirectly sufficient funds to the CBJ for projects that directly benefit the industry.
The $1.00 per passenger fee increase would generate approximately $900,000 in 2005, and approximately $950,000 in 2006 for the Port Development Fund.
This resolution had a public hearing at the January 24, 2005 Regular Assembly meeting, was referred to the Committee of the Whole, and set for the March 7, 2005 Assembly meeting agenda.
This ordinance would impose port dues on vessels at a market rate, as determined periodically by the Manager, utilizing the services of an independent appraiser. Amounts paid to the Docks and Harbors Department could be taken as a credit against this fee. The fee would be adjusted annually with the Anchorage CPI.
CBJ representatives met with the NorthWest Cruise Line Association in Seattle to review the waterfront development plan and methods of financing. Industry representatives expressed concern about the market rate concept, that it lacked definition as proposed.
This ordinance was introduced at the January 24, 2005 Regular Assembly meeting, referred to the Committee of the Whole, and set for public hearing at the March 7, 2005 Assembly meeting.