Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion An ATV trail and utility boxes line the side of Beaver Loop Road near the Dolchok Lane intersection. The road that connects Bridge Access Road and the Kenai Spur Highway is one of the few capital funding projects in the area paid for in Governor Bill Walker's preliminary budget.

Governor’s amended capital budget reduces Kenai peninsula funding

The $444.3 million reduction in unrestricted general fund spending in the amended budget proposal that Governor Bill Walker released on Thursday could make a large difference for projects in the Kenai Peninsula. The state’s fiscal year 2015 budget funded 94 projects in the Kenai Peninsula. The 2016 budget will fund four.

Walker’s budget details the amount of state and federal money that will be given to municipal and borough projects throughout Alaska. The fiscal year 2015 budget, which runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, appropriated a total of $594.8 million from the state’s unrestricted general fund. The newly released 2016 budget appropriates a total of $150.3 million in unrestricted general fund money.

The Kenai area, encompassing House Districts 29, 30 and 31, will receive a total of $9.9 million, which includes money from the state’s unrestricted general fund and federal government money distributed by the state. $1.9 million from the state’s unrestricted general fund will go toward improving water storage and distribution infrastructure in Homer. All other Kenai funding will be federal money given through the Alaska Department of Transportation to two road improvement projects in Kenai and one in Seward, totaling $8 million.

The Homer waterline improvement, intended to provide water to currently unserved Homer residences, is part of a municipal matching grant provided through the Department of Environmental Conservation, which requires a 30 percent contribution from Homer. The Kenai projects improve two state-owned roads, the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road. Kenai has an agreement to take over the maintenance of Beaver Loop Road after the end of the state improvements, according to Kenai City manager Rick Koch.

“I’m happy that those survived,” Koch said.

The Governor’s amended budget will next be debated and potentially modified by the Legislature.

 

Reach Ben Boettger at ben.boettger@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels: Aug. 6, 2020

Risk levels are based on COVID cases reported in a community and determine how schools will operate.

Painted signs posted at the candlelight vigil held for Anesha “Duffy” Murnane on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska, affirm love for Murnane and beseech her safe return. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)
Virtual birthday party to be held for missing Homer woman

Anesha “Duffy” Murnane has been missing since Oct. 17, 2019.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Anchorage Pioneer Home reports COVID cases

State reports 4 cases on peninsula

Auctioneers Andy Kriner, left, and Rayne, Reynolds, right, celebrate a successful sale during the 4H Junior Market Livestock Auction at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Auctioneers Andy Kriner, left, and Rayne, Reynolds, right, celebrate a successful sale during the 4H Junior Market Livestock Auction at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Livestock auction shifts to drive-in at rodeo grounds

4-H’ers come up with creative way to host Annual Junior Market Livestock Auction

Alaska State Troopers badge
4 bears killed after Hope mauling

The incident occurred July 29.

Daily school district COVID-19 risk levels: Aug. 5, 2020

Risk levels are based on COVID cases reported in a community and determine how schools will operate.

Friends remember pilot killed in crash

‘God didn’t make guys like Greg very often’

Image via Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
School board seeks to use last year’s enrollment numbers

The loss of in-person enrollment will cause a significant loss of revenue for the school district.

The Wilderness Adventurer is shown Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, following its return to Juneau, Alaska, after one of its 36 passengers tested positive for COVID-19. The first cruise of the stunted season was cut short, and all passengers were required to quarantine at a hotel while the 30 crew members were to quarantine on the ship. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
COVID result cuts short 1st Alaska cruise of stunted season

The cancelled trip by UnCruise Adventures was the first of the season.

Most Read