Sitka budget calls for utility rate increases
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The City and Borough of Sitka’s 2015 draft budget. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)
It’s budget season in Sitka. On Thursday night (5-1-14) the Sitka Assembly held a work session to hash out the proposed 2015 budget drawn up by city staff. KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz was there, and she spoke with Robert Woolsey about what’s coming down the pike.
The next budget work session will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at Harrigan Centennial Hall; it is open to the public. The assembly will vote on the budget at its regular meeting on May 27.
Sitka’s electric rates are going up, but not as much as they might have. The Sitka Assembly on Monday chose the smaller of two potential rate hikes, by a vote of 4 to 3. A household using about 1000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month will see their electric bill go up by about $8 a month. more
Sitka fifth-graders turned out to watch a trio of captive brown bears destroy a small tent that had been “baited” with fried chicken. The larger lesson: Let's avoid having captive brown bears in the future. more