City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements


Police & Fire Commission


The Police & Fire Commission will meet Wednesday, October 27th at 5:30 PM in Centennial Hall. Items on the agenda include Parking Citation Hearing Board and a discussion on Commission structure and opportunities for streamlining Commission duties. This meeting is open to the public.

Individuals that would like to participate by Zoom can contact or call 966-5705 by 10:00 AM the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.



Seasonal Sales Tax Rate Change and Bed Tax


The City and Borough of Sitka Tax Office would like to remind all citizens of changes to the seasonal sales tax effective October 1. The seasonal sales tax returns to the winter rate of 5%, though March 31, 2022. Bed Tax rentals less than 30 days remains at 6% year-round. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tax Office at 747-1810 or



Utility Cost Subsidization Program Opportunity


The City and Borough of Sitka will accept applications for the 2021 Utility Cost Subsidization Program through October 31st. 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 2022. 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 747-1859.



Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Alaska Housing Relief Program


The Alaska Housing Relief Program through the Alaska Housing Financing Corporation has rent relief for Alaskans. New applications for rent relief are being accepted until October 1st for up to three months of assistance. Alaskans in need of rental assistance should check their eligibility and pre-register at to begin the process.




City and Borough of Sitka Assembly Ordinance Requiring Use of a Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty


On September 28, 2021 the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly passed ordinance 2021-32 requiring the use of a face covering in certain indoor settings and providing a penalty until March 22, 2022, when the risk level as defined by the Sitka Emergency Operations Center is in high risk level.

The following is required: All individuals must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are indoors in public settings or communal spaces outside the home.

The ordinance expires when the risk level as defined by the Sitka Emergency Operations Center drops below high. If the risk level return to high, before this ordinance permanently expires, this ordinance will reactivate. This ordinance shall permanently expire on March 22, 2022.

Click here to read details on conditions, settings, employment requirements, exceptions, and enforcement policy.



Katlian Street in the 400 Block Closed Until Further Notice


The City and Borough of Sitka Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Works closed the 300 to 500 Block of Katlian Street from pedestrian and vehicular traffic and will be closed until further notice due to a vacant home that has partially collapsed. Kaagwaantaan Street is a one-way street and not to be used as a bypass for the closed roadway. Please avoid the area and obey all project signage.



Construction on Critical Secondary Water Plant


Construction on the Critical Secondary Water plant intake continues. Construction activities include rock excavation, blasting, and heavy machinery and trucking access. In order to safely construct the new intake structure, public access to Sawmill Creek in the Gary Paxton Industrial Park area upstream of the ADOT bridge will be closed through September 15. Please avoid the area and obey all project signage.  

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