The Sitka School Board -- as usual -- is entering its annual budget cycle facing a significant deficit. But unlike past years, there’s no silver bullet from either the state or federal governments that’s likely to save the day.
Rates for both transient and permanent slip holders will go up by 6.68%. The increase is effective immediately for transient users. For resident vessels, it will go into effect on April 15.
Gather round, close your eyes and listen closely...as the Sitka Community Theater presents an evening of radio drama.
Sitka Community Hospital will get a $1-million infusion of cash from the Sitka assembly, in order to meet short-term expenses. A long-term solution for the hospital’s cash woes is still on the horizon.
Sitka’s local hospital is in trouble. Deep financial losses that have only just become apparent have shaken the institution, and have cost the chief financial officer his job. Sitka Community Hospital will ask the Sitka assembly for a $1-million loan this week, but city officials are not calling the emergency infusion of cash a fix.
The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.
Sitka celebrated the 147th anniversary of the Alaska transfer on Saturday (10-18-14) with a big parade and a period reenactment.
The assembly voted to award a $5.5-million contract to Dawson Construction to build a new UV Disinfection Facility, which will bring Sitka’s primary source of drinking water into compliance with federal regulations.
Water, sewer and electricity rates will rise. So, most likely, will garbage and harbor rates. But, says finance director Jay Sweeney, "Sitka’s utility costs are not seriously out of whack with the national average."
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.