Assessing Department

Wendy J. Lawrence, ACAA III

City & Borough Assessor


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 records 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.


Frequently Asked Question


F.A.Q.'s Brochure


Assessing News - Updates

Property inspections


Forms and Downloads:


Links of Interest:

Alaska State Assessor's Office

Alaska State Land Records


Alaska State Recorder's Office


Sitka GIS Page



Wendy J. Lawrence - Assessor

(907) 747-1822

Ruth Joens - Administrative Assistant

(907) 747-1822

Josh Joseph - Appraisal Technician



Physical/Mailing Address

Assessing Office

100 Lincoln St, Room 108

Sitka, AK 99835