City and Borough of Juneau
Assembly Finance Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:30 p.m.
Assembly Chambers

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes
      April 28, 2010

IV. Social Services Advisory Board (SSAB) Funding Recommendation
A. Block Grants - The SSAB evaluates grant applications on a biennial cycle that matches CBJ’s budget cycle. The list of SSAB recommendations for funding levels for the FY11 and FY12 block grant awards to agencies is included in the packet.

The FY11 and FY12 proposed funding level for SSAB Block Grant program is unchanged at $695,000, with $690,000 to fund the block grant awards, and $5,000 used to provide cultural competency training to local agencies. Beginning with the FY11 and FY12 Biennial Budgets, the Social Service Block Grants are fully funded with tobacco excise taxes. Previously the block grants had been funded from a combination of tobacco excise and liquor taxes and general governmental funds. See the Social Services Funding Source Changes schedule for the changes in funding sources.

B. Utility Grants - In FY09, the SSAB began distributing the utility (water and sewer) grants that had previously been funded out of the Water and Wastewater Utilities. In May 2007, Joe Buck, Public Works Director, on behalf of the Utility Advisory Board, suggested that the public service grants be funded by revenue sources similar to other CBJ grants rather than from the utility funds. As a result, the Assembly Finance Committee asked the SSAB to manage the application process and distribution of the public service utility grants with funding provided by general governmental funds.

The FY11 and FY12 proposed funding level for the Utility Grants, is the same as the FY10 Adopted amount of $50,000. Beginning with the FY11 and FY12 Biennial Budgets, the Social Service Utility Grants are fully funded with tobacco excise taxes. Previously the utility grants had been funded with general governmental funds. See the Social Services Funding Source Changes schedule for the changes in funding sources.

Ms. Mary Becker, SSAB Chair, will present the SSAB’s recommendations.

V. Juneau Youth Services (JYS)
JYS is a comprehensive behavioral health provider for children and youth, and their families. The FY11 and FY12 proposed funding level for JYS, is the same as the FY10 Adopted amount of $39,600. Beginning with the FY11 and FY12 Biennial Budgets, JYS is fully funded with tobacco excise taxes. Previously JYS had been funded with general governmental funds. See the Social Services Funding Source Changes schedule for the changes in funding sources

Mr. Walter Majoros, JYS Director, will present information on the services provided by JYS. The presentation is included in the packet.

VI. Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc. (JAMHI)
JAMHI is the state-designated Community Mental Health Center for the CBJ, having taken over this responsibility with the closure of CBJ’s Health and Social Services Department. The FY11 and FY12 proposed funding level for JAMHI, is the same as the FY10 Adopted amount of $410,400. Beginning with the FY11 and FY12 Biennial Budgets, JAMHI is fully funded with tobacco excise taxes. Previously JAMHI had been funded with general governmental funds. See the Social Services Funding Source Changes schedule for the changes in funding sources.

Ms. Pam Watts, JAMHI Director, will present information on the services provided by JAMHI. The presentation is included in the packet.

VII. Additional Funding Requests
A. SSAB: $119,600 requested for both FY11 and FY12 to fully fund 3 programs for which the $690,000 is insufficient to cover. The request is included in their letter on grant recommendations in item IV.
- NCADD – Formal Intervention Services for Juneau: $19,600
- CCS – Hospice and Home Care of Juneau: $50,000
- NCADD – Adult Tobacco Cessation Services for Juneau: $49,900

B. United Way: $50,000 is requested for both FY11 and FY12 to provide funding for the United Way to continue their role as community conveners to address social service needs. Included in your packet is a letter from Ms. Brenda Hewitt of United Way describing how the funds would be used. The funding source identified by Ms. Hewitt is the additional tobacco excise taxes generated by the rate increase that went into effect January 2010.

C. Juneau Human Rights Commission (JHRC): $5,300 is requested to assist with activities to encourage and facilitate communication among groups of the community. The JHRC is an advisory commission of the CBJ with a focus on developing educational and informational programs designed to bring about the prevention and elimination of all forms of discrimination, to examine sources of tension, practices of discrimination, hate crimes, and acts of prejudice within the City and Borough of Juneau, and to advise the Assembly concerning solutions to specific problems of prejudice or discrimination, including hate crimes.

Included in your packet is a letter from the JHRC describing the activities that will be funded by their request.

D. Alaska Internet Network (AIN): $20,000 is requested to fund a 26-week pilot program (every Monday) to broadcast, in real time, CBJ Assembly meetings via internet-based television.

Included in your packet is a letter from Mr. Brad Fluetsch, AIN CEO, describing in further detail the proposed program.

E. Juneau Commission on Aging (JCOA): $2,800 is requested as partial funding for a survey of that will help define the growing needs of the elderly population. Similar surveys were done in 1989 and 1998. Additional funding for the survey is being provided by a $2,500 grant from Dept of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) and Senior Citizen Support Services, Inc. ($2,500). The JCOA is an advisory commission of the CBJ.

Included in your packet is the letter from the JCOA requesting the funds, a budget for the survey project, testimony given by Ms. Swanson at the April 26, 2010 Assembly meeting and the grant award from the DCCED.

F. Social Service Groups; comprised of Catholic Community Services, Gastineau Human Services, JAMHI, JYS, NCADD and SEARCH: The request is for 50% of the additional tobacco excise tax revenues to provide new and enhanced substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. The SSAB would serve as the granting authority.

Based on current revenue projections for FY10, FY11 and FY12, 50% of additional tobacco excise tax revenues would be $635,000/year. However, only $320,000/year is available after the allocation of $1.85 million ($925,000 per year) to social service programs previously funded with general governmental funds (property and general sales tax).

Included in your packet are the 3 letters from the social service providers groups, dated April 30, February 19 and 1, 2010 and a presentation supporting the request.

VIII. Information Items
A. Tobacco Excise Tax Budget Book Presentation (p. 218 in budget book)
B. Social Services Funding Source Changes
C. Additional Funding Requests – FY11 and FY12
D. Provisionally Approved – FY11 and FY12
E. Pending Items – FY11 and FY12
F. AFC Meeting Schedule

IX. Adjournment