Tag Archives: jay sweeney

Sitka’s disaster response bills approach half-million mark

Sitka has spent almost a half-million dollars since August on emergency cleanup, and is counting on having most of that reimbursed by the state.

Sitka assembly says no to non-profit sales taxes

A proposal to tax some fundraising activities of Sitka’s non-profits was voted down by the assembly Tuesday night (8-11-15). But the city will be looking for ways to shore up compliance for non-profits who should be paying taxes -- but don’t.

Sitka Budget: City says utility rates must rise

This chart compares current monthly utility costs with two proposals before the Sitka Assembly. Option 1 reflects Ordinance 15-23, which would raise electric rates for an average Sitka household by about 6% this year. Option 2 reflects Ordinance 15-17, which would raise electric rates by about 23%. Both options include a 10% increase in water rates, a 4.9% increase in wastewater rates, and a 13% increase in solid waste rates. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)It's not just electric rates - Sitka is also proposing increases in water, sewer and garbage rates. KCAW's Rachel Waldholz is tracking the city budget. She sat down with News Director Robert Woolsey to break down the numbers.

Despite voting down rate hike, Assembly says rates will rise

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly voted down a proposed electric rate increase at its meeting Tuesday night. But that doesn’t mean rates aren’t going up. The real question isn’t whether rates will rise, but by how much. And city staff have found some creative ways to soften the impact.

Sitka School District lays out potential cuts

Superintendent Mary Wegner (far right) lays out proposals for cutting the Sitka School District budget. The district faces a shorfall of up to $2.7-million. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW) The Sitka School District is facing a shortfall of up to $2.7-million for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Mary Wegner laid out a range of options, from ending the community schools program to laying off as many as nine teachers.

Activities at risk as Sitka’s school budget hits deficit ‘wall’?

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)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.

Sitka to increase moorage rates for third year in a row

The new ANB Harbor, at the June, 2014 ribbon-cutting. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)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.

Movies in Your Mind: Radio Theater 2014

The radio theater show featured a 1950s Western, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and four original plays by John Longenbaugh. (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)Gather round, close your eyes and listen closely...as the Sitka Community Theater presents an evening of radio drama.

$1-million loan to buy Sitka hospital ‘breathing room’

Hospital staffers participate in the Alaska Day Parade. (SCH photo)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.

As Sitka’s hospital stumbles, officials look to new ‘healthcare landscape’

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)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.