City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements


Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors Meeting

The Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting in the SEDA conference room on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.



Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event


Click here for all the details regarding the upcoming Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 1.



Solar Eclipse Video Stream at SPL


Sitka Public Library will open early at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21, to live stream the Solar Eclipse through the NASA Web site. The public is invited to attend and watch live video streams of the eclipse from NASA Television. Coffee and tea will be provided.


Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured by 11 spacecraft, at least 3 NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.


Please note the Library’s Circulation Desk, public computers, and collection will not be open for operations until the regular opening time of 10:00 a.m. For more information, please call the library at 747-8708.



City and Borough of Sitka 2017 Property Tax Bills Mailed


Property Tax Bills are due September 29, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Payments may also be delivered to the City Hall drop box or post marked by due date to be accepted on time.


Recent system conversions and software updates provides new benefits for citizens and features some changes in the look and content of the bills. Finance, Information Technology and Assessing Staff have spent countless hours reviewing data to ensure this new property tax system is a success. An example of an obstacle to overcome was inconsistencies in data account names. In order to send multiple bills to the same responsible owner, the account names had to be exactly the same – one character or space difference caused bills to not group correctly. Employees had to check hundreds of historical accounts by hand to identify inconsistencies. We appreciate your patience as we integrate this new software.


The following will address some questions on the format and receipts of property tax bills:


  • The property tax bills are correct, however not all property data was printed on the bills this year.
  • If your property tax is paid through Mortgage or Escrow, then you were also sent a copy of your bill-this is just a copy for your records.
  • The owner marked at the top of your billing statement is the current marked primary owner. If you need a copy of the tax bill with both owners or if you’d like to change the primary owner, please contact the Tax Office.
  • Assessment Values did not fully populate into Property Tax Bill form. The first line that did populate is ONLY the land value of your property. Next year there will be a second line item for improvement/home value and a third line for exemptions. The tax amount is correct as it is calculated on full assessment minus exemptions.  Ownership, mailing and valuation information is available online at

If you would like a reprint of your bill, or if you feel there are issues that extend beyond the format of the bill, please contact the Tax Office at 907-747-1853.



2017 Sitka Paving Project

The City and Borough of Sitka is reconstructing portions of Kashevaroff Street, Lincoln Street and the Sitka Hospital emergency entrance. The work is scheduled July 24th to August 5th for Kashevaroff Street, July 28th to August 14th for Sitka Hospital emergency entrance and August 7th to August 23rd for Lincoln Street.


The work on Kashevaroff Street includes the area between Edgecumbe Drive and the north end of the road at the drive to the back parking area of the ball fields. The work on the Sitka Hospital emergency entrance includes the full drive from Gavin Street to the emergency entrance. The work on Lincoln Street is between Jeff Davis Street to approximately 100 feet past Kelly Street toward the National Park.


The work on the roads include removal and replacement of pavement, curb, gutter and sidewalk. Also included is storm drain facilities removal and replacement. The work will necessitate the temporary closures of the streets to through traffic during the hours of 7 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday. In some cases one lane may be open with traffic control. Alternate routes may also be provided. 


Kashevaroff Street Reconstruction

Kashevaroff Street reconstruction is scheduled for July 24th to August 5th. The road will be closed to through traffic during these dates. Keet Gooshi Heen School, the School District Offices and the Cutthroat Creek Trail Head may be accessed via Kostrometinoff Street.


Sitka Hospital Emergency Entrance Reconstruction

The Sitka Community Hospital Emergency Entrance will be closed July 28th to August 14th during the hours of 7 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday. During this closure access to the emergency room is from the main entrance at 209 Moller Ave.


Lincoln Street Reconstruction

Lincoln Street between Jeff Davis Street and Kelly Street will be under construction between August 7th to August 23rd. The work will necessitate the temporary closures of the street to through traffic during the hours of 7 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday. In some cases one lane may be open with traffic control. Alternate routes may also be provided. 



FY18 Non-Profit Grant Applications Available

Click here to download the Grant application for non-profit organizations to apply for the annual funding from the City and Borough of Sitka General Fund for FY18. Applications can be obtained from the Municipal Administrator’s office (City Hall at 100 Lincoln Street). $45,000 is available for disbursement. For further information, contact Administrative Coordinator Renee Wheat at 747-1808 or Applications are to be returned to the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 pm Friday, August 25, 2017. Applications received after the time fixed for receipt will not be considered. Applications will be considered and awarded at a special meeting of the Assembly in September.



Crescent Harbor Playground to Remain Open Amidst Construction

The City and Borough of Sitka and contractor CBC Construction will begin work on the Crescent Harbor lift station site, adjacent the Crescent Harbor Playground, on Monday, May 22nd. The Crescent Harbor playground will remain open during the construction work. The contractor will be relocating the playground fence but access will remain open via the gate near the tennis courts. We apologize for any inconvenience.



SPL Accepts Most Major Credit/Debit Cards

Sitka Public Library now accepts most major credit/debit cards for electronic payments on library account balances. Patrons can make these payments by accessing their account page from the library’s electronic catalog, using their library card number and PIN. In person payments to Sitka Public Library may still be made by cash or check. 


The new system has been put in place to increase convenience and efficiency, as a feature of our being part of the Alaska Joint Library Consortium, which allows over 60% of Alaskans to share resources among public, academic, and research libraries around the state. To receive assistance with making online payments, or for any further information, please visit us at 320 Harbor Drive, call (907) 747-8708, or email



Changes to Electric Utility Policies

The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly recently approved changes to the Electric Utility Policies, including elimination of courtesy disconnection notices, increased fees for disconnects, rate increases and other changes to service connection, billing and credit policies. If you need information about the many convenient ways to pay your bill or are struggling to pay, contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1818.



Go Paperless with the City

The City now offers paperless billing and online bill pay for utility accounts. You can also view and print statements, view consumption statements, and reprint bills.


To access your account, you will need a PIN number designated to your account. Please call 747-1818 to receive your PIN number and instruction on how to access your account online. 



Moller Park Playground Closures

The west and east playgrounds at Lower Moller Park are closed until further notice. The City and Borough of Sitka’s number one priority is safety and a recent audit shows that the playgrounds are not in compliance with safety standards. The City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for the inconvenience. For more information, call Public Works Department at 747-1804.



Utility Customer Service Hours at City Hall

Effective December 1st, Utility Customer Service hours at City hall will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Telephonic Customer Service will be limited.