The 2008 Columbia Basin Fish Accords Memorandum of Agreement was set to expire at the end of fiscal year 2018. I’m happy to say, having reviewed the draft Extension with staff and attorneys, CBC has approved the Extension for signature with BPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation. The Extension continues and updates the agency’s funding commitment for the next four years. The draft Extension is subject to public comment, if the language remains substantively the same after the public comment period, the Chairman or designee is authorized to sign all necessary documents.
The CBC has also passed the fiscal year 2019 balanced budget. The budget reaffirms the Tribal Government’s commitment to fund tribal programs. The tribal budgets amounted to $56,079,255 this year. Last year’s tribal budget amounted to $53,727,970.50. We project an increase in revenue coming in this year from stumpage, cigarette and fuel taxes, and home sales.
I encourage you all to join us on Friday October 19th, 2018 for our annual General Membership Meeting. This year the Omak Longhouse will be hosting us and will feature both a continental breakfast and lunch. An option to learn and engage in Wah-Luks and Stickgame along with the opportunities to visit program booths will be available. For the most part, the meeting will have open agenda to foster discussion.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.