At Tuesday’s meeting, the Sitka Assembly voted, on second and final reading, to raise water rates by 22 percent to help pay for an additional water source. This wasn’t without push-back from several members who voted against the ordinance, concerns shared by those who voted for it.
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."