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The City of Unalaska has unanimous approved a $29.8 million budget for the fiscal year 2019.

It covers scheduled expenses – including software updates, employee raises, and new equipment at the community center.

Mayor Frank Kelty calls it a conservative budget.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The Unalaska City Council has approved $35,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors.

At the regular meeting last week, councilors voted unanimously to split the funds between all 20 applicants. The names of the scholarship recipients and award amount will be announced at the high school graduation on Saturday.

At the next meeting, the council will have a second reading of the 2019 operating and capital budget.

Becoming Glimmer

May 10, 2018
Zoë Sobel / KUCB

If you live in Unalaska, you probably know Gilmar Tapaoan.

As a freshman in high school last year, he had big plans for his prom debut — and KUCB’s Zoë Sobel shadowed him as he prepared for the big day.

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TAPAOAN: I am Gilmar Tapaoan. I want to be someone who’s out there — open about my sexuality, can wear whatever the heck I want. If someone’s got beef with me, I'm going to scratch them.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Once again, Unalaska's public schools and nonprofits will receive the city's full financial support — even as officials worry about leaner times to come.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to grant the Unalaska City School District's $4.1 million funding request for fiscal year 2019.

They did the same for 10 nonprofits, which had collectively asked for almost $1.3 million.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

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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