The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix Log 

City could face minor issues from possible shutdown


Although there could be long-term ramifications from a potential government shutdown, the initial effects on the City of Seward would likely be less obvious than in other places. Seward Assistant City Manager Ron Long informed members of the Seward City Council on Monday that a shutdown wouldn’t have any serious short-term implications, especially in the emergency and law enforcement areas.

“As you all have heard, if the state fails to pass a budget it could lead to a shutdown,” he said. “First of all, the life-saving areas will be among the least affected. The governor has some power to take care of that.”

The biggest impact on the city of Seward could be the unavailability of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center gymnasium. AVTEC is state-funded and could be subject to closure should the government shut down.

“If AVTEC is affected by a government shutdown we would have to get word out pretty quickly,” Long said.

Depending on the length of any shutdown, Long said administrative services at the state level could be slowed, as could state maintenance of Third Ave. as well as the plowing of state-controlled roadways.

Currently state legislators are in an extended session in Juneau attempting to draft a budget. Among the obstacles legislators are trying to work their way through are touchy subjects such as capping the Permanent Fund and establishing a state income tax.


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