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Unalaska’s proposed capital budget has grown 12 percent since February, when the Planning Department first presented a draft to the City Council.

Now, it totals $11.2 million.

The updated capital and major maintenance plan — unveiled this week — still includes money for generator upgrades, library renovations, and a live fire training facility.

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The City of Unalaska has proposed a $29.6 million budget for fiscal year 2019.

That’s almost $600,000 more than the City Council approved in this year’s spending plan. But for the most part, finance officials say it maintains the status quo.

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This year, 10 nonprofits are seeking financial support from the City of Unalaska to the tune of almost $1.3 million.

The City Council heard requests Tuesday from organizations including Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, the Museum of the Aleutians, and the Qawalangin Tribe.

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Next year, the Unalaska City School District (UCSD) will draw on one third of its savings to fund a $7.7 million budget.

The board of education approved the 2019 financial plan last week, voting unanimously to tap reserve funds and ride out another shortfall.

“We’re going to end up taking $210,000 out of the fund balance, which is going to bring us down to about $400,000 left,” said board member Frank Kelty. “We don’t have a lot of money to play with.”

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Despite growing enrollment, the Unalaska City School District is facing another year of lean finances.

The board of education took its first look at the 2019 budget on Thursday.

The proposal totals $7.7 million, which is about $600,000 more than last year.  

On the positive side, Business Manager Holly Holman said revenue is expected to increase — thanks to a projected enrollment of 400 students.

That’s a dozen more than last year.

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