A profoundly austere budget for Fairbanks North Star Borough schools was released yesterday. Superintendent Karen Gaborik says the $188,019,83 draft contains the harshest budget cuts the district has endured. The school board begins its review on Monday.

Borough Budget Keeps Mill Rate Down

May 15, 2020

After an evening of amendments, most of which failed, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly sought to keep the property tax rate below the current 13.892 mills.

Elected Leaders of both the Fairbanks North Star Borough and City of Fairbanks said Wednesday that they and their staffs are studying how they'll deal with what Gov. Mike Dunleavy's calls “massive” funding cuts to municipalities contained in his proposed budget.

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Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel on Thursday unveiled his recommended budget for the next fiscal year. He told Assembly members during a Finance Committee meeting that he’s tried to hold operating expenses to last year’s level and to keep property taxes just under the tax-revenue cap. And he says the budget also includes funding to begin catching up on a long list of deferred maintenance around the borough.

Fairbanks Police Department

The Fairbanks City Council on Monday approved bonuses to help recruit and retain police officers and dispatchers.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Governing Board passed a budget Wednesday that would cut about 60 full-time positions and trim many programs. One board member who voted against the measure says the cuts go too far, and she says she'll push for a salary freeze to reduce the impact of the cuts.

UAF Gets $4 Million For Veterinary Medicine Facility

Jun 9, 2014

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed last week to fund a $4 million design project to repurpose an already existing building on the UAF campus by September, 2015 when the first students begin studies in a new veterinary medicine program. But, the new program is on a list of recommended budget cuts.

Last December, UAF signed an agreement with Colorado State University to establish a professional veterinary medicine program. Chancellor Brian Rogers says the industry calls for up to 20 new vets in Alaska each year, but that the new program will only train half as many. 

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has approved a $281.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Board president Heidi Haas says the final package, passed at a special meeting last night, includes amendments restoring two school counselors, a district wide art teacher and part-time library assistants. Approval of the budget follows lobbying that yielded a boost in state and local support; increases District Chief Financial Officer Mike Fisher says have allowed restoration of earlier proposed staff reductions.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers and his eight member cabinet have their work cut out for them to trim the operating budget for next year. They’re looking at 12 to 14 million dollars in reductions expected to eliminate one hundred jobs. Cabinet member, UAF Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Pat Pitney says the University is responding to a legislatively imposed, UA system wide 5 percent personnel cut, a reduction she says is compounded by other factors.  

School Budget Woes

Feb 7, 2014
Dan Bross / KUAC

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Fairbanks district is planning for a major funding shortfall. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the district is anticipating cuts even if requested state and local funding increases come through.