Juneau: Marine Passenger Fee funding recommendations open for public comment through March 25
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~ The City Manager of Juneau has released a draft proposal for the allocation of cruise ship Marine Passenger Fee (MPF) proceeds for the upcoming year. The public is invited to review and comment on the proposal until March 25, according to a press release from the City and Borough of Juneau.

The draft proposal outlines recommendations for how to spend funds from various fees, including the $5 City and Borough of Juneau Marine Passenger Fee, $3 CBJ Port Development Fee, and $5 State of Alaska Commercial Passenger Vessel Fee. It is estimated that approximately 1.65 million passengers will visit Juneau this year, resulting in an anticipated revenue of $21.5 million in fiscal year 2025.

In December, the city solicited project proposals from both city departments and members of the public, including businesses and those in the visitor industry. The Tourism Manager has recommended 28 funding allocations for operating, grant, and capital projects. These include initiatives such as enhanced Capital Transit service to Mendenhall Valley, improvements to Marine Park, installation of public wi-fi downtown, funding for shore power, and a low-interest loan program for tourism operators to invest in clean energy equipment.

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Comments on these recommendations can be submitted until March 25 by email or mail to CBJ Tourism Manager Alexandra Pierce at the City Manager's Office. All project proposals and comments will be reviewed by the Assembly Finance Committee before being presented to the Assembly during the upcoming budget cycle.

For more information on the MPF program and how it benefits Juneau's tourism industry, interested parties can contact CBJ Tourism Manager Alexandra Pierce or visit the MPF website. The deadline for submitting comments is fast approaching, so members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts on how these funds should be allocated before March 25.

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