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After a handful of late filings, the Unalaska City Council may introduce penalties for senior citizens who miss the application deadline for property tax exemptions.

City councilors approved the fifth late application of the year on Tuesday, ruling that medical treatment was an acceptable reason for one Unalaskan to miss the March deadline by almost three months.

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The Unalaska City Council could be headed to court, although the legal matter at stake is unclear.

On Tuesday, city councilors had scheduled an executive session to "discuss litigation."

But they canceled it after several councilors joined the meeting by telephone, resulting in an insufficient in-person quorum for discussion behind closed doors.

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Construction season is underway in Unalaska, with five projects scheduled between now and late November.

"These projects total approximately $10 million," said Director of Public Works Tom Cohenour.

More than half of that budget is going toward the continued expansion of the Unalaska Marine Center, where two aging docks are being replaced.

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The City of Unalaska has unanimous approved a $29.8 million budget for the fiscal year 2019.

It covers scheduled expenses – including software updates, employee raises, and new equipment at the community center.

Mayor Frank Kelty calls it a conservative budget.

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The Unalaska City Council has approved $35,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors.

At the regular meeting last week, councilors voted unanimously to split the funds between all 20 applicants. The names of the scholarship recipients and award amount will be announced at the high school graduation on Saturday.

At the next meeting, the council will have a second reading of the 2019 operating and capital budget.

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