Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

Recruiting Sustainability Commission Members
09/15/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) is looking for seven volunteers to serve on the newly formed Sustainability Commission. Membership shall include, to the extent deemed advisable by the Assembly and possible from the applicants, at least one individual with a background or training as a sustainability professional and at least one individual of Alaska Native heritage with an understanding and appreciation of the historical importance of sustainability on Tlingit Aaní.  It is the intent of the Commission to work towards catalyzing a healthy community now and in the future by proposing solutions to the environmental, social, and economic concerns of CBS, its partners, and community members. Members will be appointed at the October 11 Assembly meeting.  Applications are available online at www.cityofsitka.com or at the Municipal Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street. Applications must be submitted to the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than noon on Monday, October 3. Call 907.747.1826 or email clerk@cityofsitka.org for more information.


October 2022 Municipal Election
09/06/2022

The Regular Municipal Election is Tuesday, October 4. Eligible voters may choose to vote using any of these available options: absentee voting by-mail; advanced/absentee voting in-person at Harrigan Centennial Hall weekdays September 19 through October 3 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in meeting rooms 2 and 3); by fax; personal representative; and in-person on Election Day at Harrigan Centennial Hall from 7:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. Applications to vote by-mail must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than September 27.  For candidate information, a sample ballot, absentee ballot request, and other election resources, visit https://www.cityofsitka.com/election-information or contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 907.747.1811 or 907.747.1826.


Police and Fire Commission
09/06/2022

The Police & Fire Commission will meet Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30 PM in Centennial Hall. Items on the agenda include Parking Citation Hearing Board and Snow Removal. This meeting is open to the public.


Reminder - Property Tax Due August 30
08/17/2022

City and Borough of Sitka property tax is due by August 30. Payments can be made in person at City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by mailing to the same address. Credit card payments may also be made online through XPRESSBILPAY.COM or by calling 907.747.1818. Payments left in the drop boxes (either outside of City Hall or outside of the first floor Payment Office will be considered on time if placed in the drop box by 5:00 p.m. August 30. Penalty and interest will be applied if payment is not made or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on August 30.


Recycle Center Accepted Materials
08/17/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department urges citizens to follow instructions and signage at the Recycle Center at 802 Sawmill Creek Road. Recycled items are source separated and baled for shipping off island, contaminates to our recycle goods prevent the CBS from obtaining a return on the recycled materials. The contaminated materials must be sent to the landfill and are costly. 

The Recycle Center accepts aluminum, corrugated cardboard, glass, metal, newspaper, and plastic #1 and #2. For further information, please visit the solid waste page under the Public Works Department at www.cityofsitka.com or call 907.747.1804.


Protect Blue Lake Watershed
08/17/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department requests citizen’s help in protecting the Blue Lake Watershed. Water resources are affected by both natural and human activities. Help us preserve and protect Blue Lake by picking up trash and pet waste. Report any suspicious activity. Please practice responsible recreation in our watershed and leave no trace. For more information, contact the CBS Environmental Superintendent at 907.747.4060.


Utility Cost Subsidization Program
08/12/2022

 The City and Borough of Sitka will accept applications for the Utility Cost Subsidization Program through October 31. Applicants meeting certain criteria may be eligible for a subsidization of their municipal utility costs. The subsidization period shall be for one year, beginning January 2023. An appointment with the Finance Department may be required. Please click here to access an application and instructions, or you can pick up an application at the Utility Office on the 1st floor of City Hall. For more information, contact the Finance Department at 907.747.1859.


Property Inspections
08/12/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Assessing Department will be conducting inspections for real and personal property for taxation purposes for all properties and homes south of the U.S. Post Office at 1207 Sawmill Creek Road between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Appraisers will be updating property records by taking pictures, measuring structures, and adjusting for any changes in the property. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please visit the Assessing Department page at Assessing Department page for more information or contact 907.747.1822 or assessing@cityofsitka.org with questions.


Critical Secondary Water Plant Intake Near Completion
07/15/2022

Construction on the Critical Secondary Water plant intake is nearing completion; however, machinery and truck traffic will continue intermittently until final trimmings are complete ~October 2022. Please use caution and obey all project signage if in the area. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this project. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.


Assembly Meetings - Agenda, Viewing, and Public Comment
07/05/2022

Regular Assembly Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Agenda and supporting documentation are available at https://sitka.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx, the Sitka Public Library, or by contacting the Municipal Clerk's Office at City Hall. Public comment on agenda items and “Persons to be heard” is encouraged and welcomed. Citizens may provide comments by email, in-person, or by phone. Regular and special Assembly meetings are livestreamed through the City's website and YouTube channel. In addition, regular meetings are aired live on KCAW FM 104.7. To receive Assembly agenda notifications, sign up with GovDelivery on the City’s website.

For more information, visit https://www.cityofsitka.com/CityAssembly or contact the Municipal Clerk's Office at 747-1826 or 747-1811.


Bicycle and Electric Bicycle Use on Municipal Sidewalks
5/26/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka and the Sitka Police Department would like to remind everyone that bicycle and electric bicycle use on Municipal sidewalks is prohibited, including the downtown business district. Bicycles and electric bicycles can be ridden in the bike lane or on the shoulder of the roadway and follow the rules of the road. All bicycle and electric bicycle riding is prohibited in the downtown business district during street closures, as the roadway becomes a pedestrian promenade. Bicycles and electric bicycles must be walked through the downtown business district during street closures.


Section of Maksoutoff Street Closed Through September
5/20/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department will close a section of Maksoutoff Street from Lincoln Street to the Wells Fargo driveway to accommodate restroom facilities beginning Monday, May 23. This upper section of Maksoutoff Street will be closed through the end of September. 

Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions at 907-747-1804.


American Street Modification to One-Way Northbound
5/13/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department has modified American Street to a one-way street heading northbound in order to preserve parking and assist with traffic flow. Lincoln Street or Race Street can be used to access American Street. This is modification will be in place until further notice for the summer season. 

Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions at 907-747-1804.


Reminder to Harbor Users to Conserve Water
4/22/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Harbor Department would like to remind harbor users to conserve water by turning off water hoses that are available for use on the harbor docks. Conserving water by turning off the hoses will reduce water and wastewater treatment costs.    

Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Harbor Department with any questions. 907-747-3439.


Seasonal Sales Tax Rate Change
3/29/2022

The City and Borough of Sitka Tax Office would like to remind all citizens that the seasonal sales tax rate will increase to 6% effective April 1, 2022, through September 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tax Office of 907-747-1840 or tax@cityofsitka.org.


Katlian Street Open to Vehicular Traffic with Stop in the 400 Block
12/01/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Works have opened Katlian Street to through vehicle traffic in the 400 block with a one-lane, two-way traffic system controlled by a stop sign. Drivers proceed when it is their turn and there is no oncoming traffic. Pedestrian traffic remains closed. Please use caution and follow all signage.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the CBS Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.