This year's municipal election is Tuesday, October 4th. There's a question on the ballot to raise the cap on property taxes and 10 candidates running for municipal office. To help you make an informed decision, Raven Radio profiled of each candidates and hosted four call-in shows. Find those stories here.
Last Thursday (09-22-16), Raven Radio hosted a live, call-in show devoted to Proposition 1. That's the question on the ballot which asks if Sitka should raise the cap - basically the limit - on local property taxes by two mills. 2 mills = $2 for every $1000 your property is valued. Listen to how four Sitkans plan to vote.
Ben Miyasato is wrapping up three years on the assembly -- while also serving on the Sitka Tribal Council. But if he’s elected mayor, he'll step down from the Tribe to focus on broad
er issues in the community.
Matt Hunter, Mary Magnuson, and Ben Miyasato exchanged views on the city budget, marijuana laws, and an income tax during Raven Radio's live mayoral forum on Thursday (9-29-16).
Aaron Bean has worn a great variety of hats. Born and raised in Sitka, Bean has worked as a commercial fisherman, police officer, natural resource specialist, and small business owner. He hopes to bring that entrepreneurial spirit to the Assembly table.
Mary Magnuson admits that she doesn’t have all the answers. As mayor, she wants to balance city expenses with existing revenues -- even if it means cutting back services.
The three candidates for the mayor’s seat on the assembly met in a forum before the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (9-28-16). They all had much more in common, than differences.
Sitka's next mayor will be either Matt Hunter, Mary Magnuson, or Ben Miyasato. Tune in at 6:30 PM Thursday, September 29 to hear their views and ask YOUR questions. 747-5877 or email email@example.com.
The middle school teacher and former charter fisherman wants the city to be more proactive in pursuing revenue opportunities like a full-service marine haul-out, but also be more transparent in it’s day-to-day operations.
Jennifer McNichol understands that schools are under pressure from cutbacks in local and state budgets, but this incumbent school board candidate finds that education is worth standing up for.