When the Sitka Assembly meets tonight (10-25-16), they’ll focus mostly on funding decisions: what to save, what to spend, and how. That includes a transfer to the Public Infrastructure Sinking Fund, which pays for city roads and sidewalks, and expenses related to the August 2015 landslide.
On Tuesday night (10-11-16), nearly everything changed about the Sitka Assembly. They swore in a new mayor: Matthew Hunter. New members: Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean. All in a new building. The Assembly chambers were revitalized in the remodel of Harrigan Centennial Hall.
The Sitka Assembly is raising electric rates for the second time this year, by an average of 7% across the customer base. That will close the gap in the electric fund for FY17. But the relief is short-lived. To address future shortfalls, the Assembly wants to dip into other pockets in the city’s wallet before raising rates again.
Tonight’s regular meeting (10-11-16) of the Sitka Assembly will take place in the newly renovated Harrigan Centennial Hall. Outgoing officers will be thanked, incoming officers sworn in, and the Assembly will hit the ground running on it's biggest challenge: how to close a $3.5 million budget gap.
The unofficial results for Sitka's municipal election are in. Matthew Hunter is Sitka's mayor-elect. Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean are the top vote-getters for two seats on the Sitka Assembly. And Jennifer McNichol was elected to a three-year-term on the Sitka School Board. Proposition 1 failed, by a margin of 66 to 33.
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.
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.
When the Sitka Assembly gathers tonight (09-27-16), they’ll hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. devoted entirely to the city’s electric utility: rate structures, revenue ideas, and how to keep up with repairs to the system while meeting bond obligations for the Blue Lake Dam.
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.
On Tuesday night (09-20-16), Raven Radio hosted the five candidates for Sitka’s Assembly in an election forum. All agreed that Sitka’s financial struggles must be solved internally, and they each painted a slightly different picture of the solutions.