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Juneau Borough, Alaska

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”’Juneau”’ is a city in Alaska. The City and Borough of Juneau is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Alaska. It has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of the then-District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current home rule municipality.

The area of Juneau is larger than that of Rhode Island and Delaware individually and almost as large as the two states combined. Downtown Juneau is nestled at the base of Mount Juneau and across the channel from Douglas Island. As of the 2010 census, the City and Borough had a population of 31,275. Juneau is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau, though the place was for a time called Rockwell and then Harrisburg (after Juneau's co-prospector, Richard Harris).[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Alaska city websites

Last reviewed: August 2012

In 2011 Juneau earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[2]
  • The calendar of meetings, meeting agendas, and minutes are available and archived at least three years[3]
  • Names of elected officials, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[4]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[5]
  • Permit applications are available for download[6] and zoning ordinances are available[7]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[8]
  • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[9]
  • A list of employed lobbyists is available[10]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[11]
  • Tax revenues are available[12] and tax rates are published[13]

The bad

  • Email addresses are not available for all administrative officials (i.e. City Manager).
  • Contact forms are listed as available for elected officials. In the text, you can find out how to directly email a member; those email addresses should be included in the contact information boxes.
  • Limited lobbying information is available, including the name of the lobbyist employed as of October 2011, but additional lobbying information, including more detail and associated fees is unavailable.

Elected Officials

The city and borough of Juneau is a unified home-rule municipality. The Juneau Assembly is composed of nine members with the mayor as presiding officer. Elections occur on a rotating basis every three years and the Assembly is tasked with providing policy and direction to the city manager.[14].

Elected Officials

Name Title
Bruce Botelho Mayor
Carlton Smith Area wide Assembly Member
Johan Dybdahl Area wide Assembly Member
Mary Becker Assembly Member, District 1
Jesse Kiehl Assembly Member, District 1
David Stone Assembly Member, District 1
Karen Crane Assembly Member, District 2
Randy Wanamaker Assembly Member, District 2
Ruth Danner Assembly Member, District 2

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Kathy Kiefer City Manager
Rob Steedle Deputy City Manager
Laurie Sica Municipal Clerk
Greg Chaney Interim Director Support Services/Planning Manager
Charlie Ford Building Official
Ron King CBJ Land Surveyor
Rich Etheridge Fire Chief


The approved FY12 budget is $324,727,000, up slightly from FY11 ($319,704,200). The largest expenditure is personnel costs (54%), followed by commodities and services (25%), debt service (8%), capital projects (7%), “other” (4%), and capital outlay (2%).


The city of Juneau received $195,977,202 in 1 contract and 41 grants.[15]

Local taxes

State and federal revenues declined between FY09 and FY12 by 40% for general government but increased by 36% for education on a per capita basis. During the same period, the operating mill decreased by 26% or 3.27 mills. Sales tax revenues increased due to economic and tourism growth. Sales tax revenues are projected to increase from FY11 to FY 12 by 4% due to general economic recovery.

Tax revenues are expected to generate $85,814,400 in FY12, up from FY11 where taxes generated $83,663,600. The increase between FY11 and FY12 is due to an anticipated increase in sales and property taxes. The increase is not as great as expected, explaining the decrease between FY12 Approved ($86,433,700) and FY12 Adopted ($85,814,400).[16]


Category FY2010 FY2011  % Change
State Support $65,632,500 $67,195,900 2.38%
Federal Support $13,860,400 $10,129,100 -26.92%
Taxes $82,803,700 $83,663,600 1.04%
User Fees, Permits & Donations $118,080,400 $126,102,100 6.79%
Penalties & Fines $1,124,500 $925,800 -17.67%
Interest-Investment and A/R $4,749,900 $4,528,200 4.67%
Property Sales and Rents $4,476,300 $4,430,400 1.03%
Special Assessments $65,300 $69,300 6.13%
Other Miscellaneous Revenue $382,000 $94,500 75.26%
Fund Balance Usage $8,315,200 $10,836,500 0.30%
Total Funding Sources $299,490,200 $307,975,400 2.83%


Category FY2010 FY2011  % Change
General Government, City $61,055,200 $60,791,800 -0.43%
General Government, School District $87,720,400 $88,946,800 1.40%
Non-Board Enterprise $13,022,500 $13,768,300 5.73%
Board Controlled $91,909,000 $96,038,500 4.49%
Internal Service Funds $4,859,200 $1,273,100 -73.80%
Debt Service $20,522,400 $21,068,200 2.66%
Capital Projects $19,685,500 $25,296,500 28.50%
Special Assessments $241,000 $292,200 21.24%
Special Appropriations $475,000 $500,000 5.26%
Total Expenditures $299,490,200 $307,975,400 2.83%


Main article:Alaska government sector lobbying

Juneau has reported $80,000 spent every year on lobbying since 2000[17].

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