Politics

KDLG

The city's appeal of Local Boundary Commission Jan. 24 rejection is moving ahead in court. Dillingham argues the LBC's reconsideration was unlawful, and that the city was not granted a fair hearing. An attorney for the state, plus opponents led by Ekuk, say LBC was perfectly within its rights to correct its earlier wrong.

Monica Waring

Unofficial results are in from many of the area communities' October 3 elections. Canvassing committees will finalize those results in the coming weeks, counting absentee and question ballots.

courtesy KPEDD

New city manager accepted the city council's offer and will move from Seldovia to Dillingham by Nov. 8. The retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel is "excited to get to Dillingham and work with the Mayor, City Council and Citizens to continue the momentum developed in the City.”

KTOO

Write-in candidates still welcome to register for most races, but deadlines vary. Municipal elections held Tuesday, Oct. 3, or done by mail in the Lake and Peninsula Borough.

KDLG

Res. 2017-08 proposes changes to who gets automatic tax exempt status, which small business must collect sales tax, and raising the sales tax cap from $2,000 to $5,000. A workshop and two public hearings are being planned before it comes up for a vote.

City of Dillingham considers tobacco tax

Jun 20, 2017
KDLG

The City of Dillingham is considering a tobacco tax that could add a quarter million dollars to the general fund.

Dillingham City Council Passes 2018 Budget

Jun 16, 2017
KDLG

The Dillingham City Council passed its FY2018 budget last night. They also discussed a foreclosed property and addressed a citizen concern regarding the denied services list.

Allison Mollenkamp

On Monday night the city's finance and budget committee met to discuss the proposed f/y 2018 budget. Their recommendations will be presented to the full council Thursday night ahead of a vote.

Southwest legislators discussed House and Senate priorities for how to address a nearly $3 billion deficit at the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference in Anchorage March 3.

Update: More money for the Alaska Marine Highway

Mar 13, 2017
Ed Schoenfeld / CoastAlaska News - Juneau

The House Finance Committee on Thursday added about $2.1 million to the Alaska Marine Highway budget. Gov. Bill Walker’s spending plan, released in December, included $2.8 million – or two percent – less than this year’s budget.

State of Alaska

Recent $120,000 study into possible Dillingham Census Area Borough finds paths to feasibility but so far little to no support or interest from the region.

At Thursday's monthly meeting, council members asked attorney to file appeal in court of LBC rejection of annexation request. Plus, Olsen liquor store won't be moving to Raspberry Circle, and the city will send a letter to President Trump explaining its opposition to the Pebble project.

KDLG

After review, city identified 18 businesses or organizations it says shouldn't have been on the tax exempt list. BBEDC and Nushagak Cooperative protested, saying as non-profits should be exempt from paying city's six percent sales tax.

Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska

"The easy choices have already been made. Now we are at the juncture where with or without the public’s consent we have to make some tough choices. If we don’t make those tough choices today, the future of not just our smaller communities but Alaska as a whole is going to be approaching the tipping point.”

Jeremy Hsieh / KTOO

"Bringing back strong economic opportunity, and it is a theme that I think a lot of the president-elect's cabinet selections are focused on, and I think that's good thing," Sullivan says on priorities.

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