During their meeting last night (09-13-16), the Sitka Assembly approved a key element of their plan to raise property taxes while making Sitka more affordable. The ordinance says that if voters approve a 2 mill increase, the revenue generated by one of those mills will go towards Sitka’s electric fund.
"I focus on the economy, because the beauty of where we live, its charm and its power, are among its assets. For some that is enough, but with shifting demographics and cost of living expenses, this is what is on the table and must be addressed."
"The fishing fleet has always been the economic lifeblood of this community. Despite levying ever-increasing harbor fees and various fish taxes, not enough has been done to support the fleet."
"Key to me in representing Sitka on the city assembly is to be responsive and conversant about the issues important to our community. Equity, fiscal and program sustainability will be at the forefront of my mind."
When the Assembly meets tonight (09-13-16), they’ll determine which of two tax breaks they’ll implement if voters approve raising the property tax cap this fall. The Assembly will also receive an update from the Sitka Community Playground Group and the Electric Department.
The Sitka Assembly hired Brian Hanson as city attorney during a special meeting Tuesday night (9-6-16).
Groceries or electric rates? The Assembly is trying to decide which living cost is a greater burden to Sitkans.
The Assembly last night (08-23-16) approved two more marijuana business licenses, and learned that one of their top picks for municipal attorney has withdrawn her name.
Twelve individuals have applied to be Sitka’s next city attorney. During a special meeting last night (08-10-16), the Assembly voted on their top picks for follow-up interviews.
The Sitka Assembly will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. tonight (08-09-16) to take next steps for hiring a municipal attorney. They will also revisit an ordinance that would ask voters if they want to raise property taxes by 2 mills.