City of Bethel priorities for the 2022 Capital Budget

The Bethel City Council passed Resolution 21-01: the City of Bethel Priorities for the SFY 2022 State of Alaska Capital Budget during their January 12th, 2021 regular council meeting.

At the top of the list is the New Public Works Building for $36,400,000. In the number two spot is Bethel Heights Water Loop A for $9,024,803. The third item is Bethel Heights Water and Sewer Improvements for $10,146,000.

The complete list is:

1. New Public Works Building – $36,400

2. Bethel Heights Water Loop A – $9,024,803

3. Bethel Heights Water and Sewer Improvements – $10,146,000

4. Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center Gym and Track – $10,000,000

5. Dust Control Road Stabilization Measures – $2,440,000

6. Bethel Heights Sewer Repairs – $5,233,000

7. Water Pipes, Water Tank and Fill Station – $7,870,600

Total: $81,114,403

The City of Bethel is actively pursuing funds from Federal and State agencies, as well as private funding resources, states Res. 21-01, while partnering with other entities such as the local tribe, Orutsararmiut Native Council, to work collaboratively to meet resident and visitor needs.

“Bethel City government relies on various taxes and interest, charges for services, and licenses/permit fees to pay for major maintenance needs,” it continues. “As a hub community for 30,000 people living in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, the City of Bethel often supports projects and expenditures that benefit tens of thousands of Alaskans who do not reside in City limits.”

Resolution 21-01, sponsored by City Manager Pete Williams (Interim City Manager at the time this was passed) passed on the consent agenda.