Assessing Department

             2019 Senior-Citizen, Disabled-Veteran, Property

                           Tax Exemption Audit


The Senior-Citizen/Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemption is subject to state and local regulations which require periodic auditing to determine continued eligibility.  Tax Year 2019’s audit program will review a random subset of applicants from October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019. 


Per the requirement and authority granted by SGC 4.12.025 and AS 29.45.030(e)-(i), this program will require reapplication and compliance of audit parameters for continuation in the program.  Those parameters are proof of qualification for the State of Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), submission of a completed reapplication, completion of a comprehensive property inspection, and completion of a twelve-month residency audit. 


Please contact the Assessing Department or refer to the audit program document for further details.



2019 Senior-Citizen/Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemption Audit Timeline


October 1, 2018 - December 14, 2018  


     - Audit Program Begins

     - Reapplications must be completed prior to December 14, 2018

      - Property inspection must be completed prior to December 14, 2018

      - Monthly residency verification site visits begin


December 14, 2018


      - Reapplication deadline for audited participants


January 15, 2019


      - Assessor's 2019 Senior-Citizen/Disabled Veteran Property Tax

        Exemption Determination Letters will be mailed

      - Appeals of Assessor's Determination must be filed with the Alaska

        Superior Court within 30 days of this notification (SGC 4.12.025(I))


February 15, 2019


      - Deadline for submission of new applications for the 2019 Senior-Citizen/

        Disabled-Veteran Property Tax Exemptions will be granted and declared

        According to local, state audit guidelines


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                     Real and Personal Property Inspections


State and local law require real and personal property to be regularly inspected for annual taxation purposes.  In order to meet this mandate and revalue over 4,800 properties annually the Assessing Department divides the borough into six sections for reinspection each year.


The Assessing Department strives to clearly communicate the current area of inspection and duties while there.  The department inspects properties year-round with a goal of inspecting at least 700 properties each year. Please note, Alaska Statute 29.45.130 grants the department legal authority to inspect real and personal property for taxation purposes, within reasonable times throughout the day. As a practice we will be inspecting properties generally from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily Monday through Friday.  Please ask for this letter of introduction if you encounter our appraisers on your property; it outlines the authority to inspect and identifies the appraiser for your security. 


Our standard protocol is to notify the area of inspection through public website announcements, conduct an initial knock on the door when onsite, and then proceed with an inspection unless asked to leave.  If asked to leave the property, the appraiser will value the property to the best of their ability from the street; any inaccuracies as a result are the responsibility of the owner to correct during the informal appeal period of March 15th to April 15th.  If you have questions or concerns about Assessing staff being on your property, please contact this office to discuss.


Current Area of Inspection


This year’s area of reinspection is generally the north-end of Halibut Point Road and island properties.



      Forms and Downloads

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Assessing process

F.A.Q.'s Brochure

Links of Interest


The Assessing department is responsible for assessing the value of all properties within the City and Borough of Sitka boundaries; and administers all State and Borough exemptions as set forth in State Statutes and Borough Code. The department also maintains property record information, which includes ownership, address, assessed value, and legal property descriptions.


Assessing has two primary missions:

  1. Administer a property assessment that is fair, uniform, and equitable by employing the following seven procedures:
    1. Locate and identify all taxable property within the Sitka Borough
    2. Inventory the quantity, quality and important characteristics of all taxable property
    3. Accurately estimate the market value of each taxable property
    4. Calculate the taxable value(s) for each property
    5. Timely notify the owner(s) of the assessed value
    6. Respond to inquiries regarding methods and values; governing laws and regulations
    7. Prepare and certify the official assessment roll of the entire borough
  1. Provide up-to-date information about assessment and related property matters, a service grown in importance to the community over the years.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)

Physical Location/Mailing Address

City & Borough of Sitka

Assessing Department

100 Lincoln St, Room 108

Sitka, AK 99835


Department e-mail address:


Wendy J. Lawrence, ACAA III - Assessing Director
(907) 747-1820

Kasi L. Heim - Appraisal Tech
(907) 747-1822

Josh Joseph - Appraiser I

(907) 747-1829


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