Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Voters say no to Ketchikan consolidation

KETCHIKAN - Voters have overwhelmingly rejected consolidating the governments of the city of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

A third and final tally of ballots shows that 58 percent of voters in the mail-ballot election opposed the move. Opposition was even higher among voters outside the city.

The election was conducted using a novel mail ballot, with the deadline for submitting ballots July 17.

According to the state Division of Elections, 2,271 voters, or 58 percent, opposed the consolidation petition in the final count, while 1,638 people voted for the merger.

Borough residents living outside of the city overwhelmingly opposed the petition, with 1,640 voters, or 78 percent, voting "no."

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough said the merger would have meant increased property tax rates outside the city, with the extension of 10 city services to the entire borough.

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