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THE CITY AND BOROUGH OF JUNEAU, ALASKA

MAY 10, 1999

MEETING NO. 99-15a: The Special meeting of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, held in the Assembly Chambers of the Municipal Building, was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Egan.

 

     

  1. ROLL CALL
  2. Assembly Present: Kibby, MacKinnon, Perkins, Egan, Hagevig and Koelsch

    Assembly Absent: Garrett, Powell and Muñoz

     

    A quorum was present.

     

    Staff Present: Marian Miller, Municipal Clerk; Dave Palmer, City Manager; John Hartle, Assistant City Attorney; Craig Duncan, Finance Director; Tom Pitts, Acting Assessor

     

     

  3. REQUESTED EXEMPTION

Mr. Hartle reviewed the memo in the red folder regarding the Board of Equalization: Standards and Procedures, dated May 5, 1999.

 

Export Manufacturing Exemption

       

    1. Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Company

 

Administrative Report: Attached. Mr. Pitts recommended granting the $1,115,557 exemption with the following breakdown: under the Business Personal Property Exemption $1,103,957 and under the Real Property Exemption $11,600.

 

Public Testimony: None

 

Assembly Action

MOTION – by Kibby, to grant the $1,115,557 exemption to Alaskan Brewing and Bottling as outlined in Mr. Pitts’ letter of May 10, 1999. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senior Citizen Hardship

       

    1. Kenneth & Wilna Scott
    2.  

      Administrative Report: Attached.

       

      Public Testimony: None

       

      Assembly Action:

      MOTION - by Kibby, to grant the Senior Citizen Homeowners Hardship Exemption Request of approximately $829 for Kenneth and Wilna Scott and he asked for unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

       

       

    3. Eleanor Hinke
    4.  

      Administrative Report: Attached.

       

      Public Testimony: None

       

      Assembly Action:

      MOTION - by Kibby, to grant the Senior Citizen Homeowners Hardship Exemption Request of approximately $1,587 for Eleanor Hinke, and he asked for unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

       

       

    5. George & Virginia Fiehler
    6.  

      Administrative Report: Attached.

       

      Public Testimony: None

       

      Assembly Action:

      MOTION - by MacKinnon, to grant Hardship Exemption Request of approximately $1,274.

       

      Mr. Perkins objected for the purposes of discussion. Mr. MacKinnon clarified the house was acquired in 1995 and that it was in a fairly new subdivision. He was under the impression that generally speaking, the hardships were largely a result of acquiring the house or property years ago, when it was relatively inexpensive, but due to the increase in property values, the house has become worth a tremendous amount. He questioned this one as the house was only built a couple of years ago.

       

      Mr. Duncan responded that that was staff’s assumption as well.

       

      Ms. Hagevig asked if the 1040 was the only criteria used to make the determination of income. Mr. Duncan said yes and he added that staff did not know how the property was acquired.

       

      Mr. Kibby spoke in support of granting the exemption. He said if one was allowed, they all should be. Without evidence showing otherwise, he did not know for a fact whether or not that was their income. Maybe they spent every dime they had for that house fully expecting to retire there and live out their lives.

       

      Mr. Koelsch agreed with Mr. MacKinnon and said he would have appreciated that if there was a need, someone would have come forward to let the Board know what the need was so the Board could make an informed decision.

       

      Mr. Perkins also agreed with Mr. MacKinnon and he said that short of Mr. and Mrs. Fiehler being present, he could not support the exemption.

       

      Mayor Egan clarified that Mr. MacKinnon’s motion included asking for a no vote.

       

      ROLL CALL

      Ayes: Kibby

      Nays: Hagevig, Koelsch, MacKinnon, Perkins, Mayor Egan

       

      motion failed 1:5

       

    7. Bernice Graham

 

Administrative Report: Attached.

 

Public Testimony: None. Mr. Syble was in the audience to represent Ms. Graham if need be.

 

Assembly Action:

MOTION - by Kibby, to grant the Senior Citizen Homeowners Hardship Exemption Request of approximately $997 for Bernice L. Graham, and he asked for unanimous consent. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

Ms. Hagevig suggested considering the idea of deferring taxes so that the heirs become responsible for the taxes; the taxes end up as a lien against the property. Mayor Egan thought the application from the State of Alaska was flawed because it did not allow the city enough information and it did not allow deferment. Ms. Hagevig said the state law would not permit deferral, but since they were looking at that statute, she felt it was something that should be considered.

 

     

  1. ADJOURNMENT - There being no further business to come before the Assembly, and no objection, the meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

 

Countersigned: ________________________________

Marian Miller, Clerk

Signed: ________________________________

Mayor Egan