The Kodiak Island Borough assembly has approved a new budget for the borough’s landfill expansion project, but the project needs almost $5 million more.

In a brief meeting Thursday night, the borough assembly signed off the first reading of modified budgets for the landfill and the new borough-owned nursing home now under construction. The vote will be followed by a second in early April and is largely a formality — it assigns loans and grants already received.

According to documents presented for the meeting, the landfill project will cost $28.8 million according to the latest estimates. When approved, the budget ordinance under consideration by the assembly will allocate $24.1 million to the project. Remaining funding is expected to come from a legislative grant and a municipal matching grant still pending.

The landfill’s budget has grown by 25 percent since December as the borough struggles to meet tough new clean-water regulations.

As originally planned, runoff from the new landfill extension had to meet much less stringent standards. Now, any runoff must meet drinking water standards.

As a result, the budget for the third phase of the project — which includes a water treatment plant for landfill runoff — has ballooned from $6.6 million to almost $11 million.

In other business, the borough assembly voted to approve the publication of its 2012 foreclosure list.

The assembly next meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for a regularly scheduled work session. Its next regular meeting is April 4.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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