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A community-wide Town Hall Meeting to discuss Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state budget for the fiscal year 2020 will take place from 3-5 p.m Saturday at the Afognak Building, 300 Alimaq Drive, on Near Island. The public is encouraged to attend to provide testimony either in support or opposition of the proposed budget. 

The meeting will be hosted by Nils Andreassen, the executive director of the Alaska Municipal League, and is sponsored by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce.

The meeting will be attended by Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) and Senator Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), as well as representatives from local government, including Kodiak City Mayor Pat Branson, Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Dan Rohrer and President of the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education Duncan Fields. 

As part of the meeting, Stutes will be giving a very brief presentation on what the budgetary ramifications of providing a $3,000 Permanent Fund Dividend will be. 

“I always think it’s very important, because the more knowledge you have, the easier it is to understand the dilemma,” she said. “Either way, it’s going to affect every person: you’re either going to get fewer services and a bigger PFD or more services and a smaller PFD.

“It is really important for people to understand where we are with the budget.” 

The Town Hall Meeting will take place 3-5 p.m. March 30 at the Afognak Building. 

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