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Sitka Assembly asks for input on proposed car tax

The assembly voted 4-3 on Tuesday night in favor of a proposal that would increase vehicle registration fees. But the ordinance will come before the assembly at least two more times, and it’s not at all clear whether it will make it into law.

Assembly, School Board filing deadline Friday

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 8 for candidates running for mayor, assembly and school board in Sitka. So far, four candidates have filed to run for assembly and two for school board. Mayor Mim McConnell is running for reelection. No other candidate has yet filed to challenge her.

Assembly considers vehicle tax to fund roads

Sitka’s car owners may soon see a fee increase. The assembly voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to raise vehicle registration fees. Money raised through the tax would go towards the city’s roads.

Assembly debates how to pay for roads

Sitka has to figure out how to pay for its roads - and soon. That was the message delivered to the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night. Assembly members discussed a wide range of potential strategies, all aimed at keeping the city from going back to gravel.

SCIP named for Paxton; city gives land to SCDC

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to rename the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park after former city administrator Gary Paxton, and to give land to the Sitka Community Development Corporation, to start a community land trust.

Assembly defends rate hikes in 2015 budget

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."

Meth, heroin problem ‘hasn’t gotten better’

Detective Kyle Ferguson told the Sitka Assembly Tuesday night that nearly every crime investigated by Sitka police has some connection to drug abuse, if alcohol and marijuana is included. In the past year, abuse of heroin and methamphetamines in Sitka "hasn’t gotten noticeably worse, but it hasn’t gotten better either," he said. "That in and of itself isn’t a good sign."

Assembly approves contract to bottle Blue Lake water

The Sitka Assembly approved a contract Tuesday night with a California company that hopes to bottle water from the Blue Lake reservoir. The contract gives the company, I Water, the right to buy up to 200-million gallons of city water a year. But I Water must start exporting water soon -- or risk losing its water rights.

Assembly votes down heat pump rebate

By the end of its meeting Tuesday night, the assembly had decided not to offer rebates for homeowners who install energy-efficient heat pump systems in their homes. But their path to that decision had less to do with heat pumps than with concerns about the city’s long-term electricity use.

Assembly hears Benchlands plan, keeps Picnic Cove floathouses

The Assembly voted on Tuesday night to continue allowing float houses at Picnic Cove, south of Sitka, and heard an update on a proposed subdivision in the Benchlands from local contractor Sound Development.