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Ketchikan Voters To Decide on Consolidation


June 28, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - With the final approval on June 26th of the petition to consolidate the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough by the Local Boundary Commission, the state Division of Election now has thirty days to order an election. After the election order, a vote-by-mail election would be held in 30-90 days.

According to the Alaska Department of Commerce, sixty-two percent of the residents of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough are currently served by two local governments. If the voters approve consoldiation of the city and borough governments, that figure will drop to only 3 percent - the residents of Saxman.

In order to participate in the election, a voter must be registered in and be a resident of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough thirty days prior to the election. Voters can contact the Division of Elections Region I Office at (907) 465-3021 to update or to confirm that their voter registration is current in order to ensure eligibility ot partivcipate in this election.

The first meeting of the Ketchikan Charter Commission was held on January 21, 2004. Members of the Charter Commission were elected by Ketchikan voters. Members of the Ketchikan Charter Commission are: Mike Painter, Debbie Otte, Glen Thompson, John Harrington, Dennis McCarthy, Jerry Kiffer and Brad Finney.

Since the Ketchikan Charter Commission's first meeting on January 21, 2004, approximately 45 public meetings have been held in Ketchikan.


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