The Sitka Assembly meets tonight (01-10-17) in first meeting of the New Year. In April, the Assembly passed an ordinance banning the use of a cell phone while driving, but without specifying the penalties for breaking the law. Tonight, they will do so.
The Sitka assembly has exempted boats (and most planes) from property tax. City Hall believes the move will ultimately earn more than it costs, as the assessor can devote her full attention to real estate.
The assembly will consider eliminating the tax on personal property — like pleasure boats — tonight. It will also consider purchasing a computer-aided tax assessing program for $150,000 to help make up the loss.