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After federal mandates forced the city to spend more than $50 million on utilities infrastructure, the Unalaska City Council is debating how much to raise local rates — and how fast.

The goal is to re​cover the money spent and borrowed to upgrade the city's treatment facilities for water, wastewater, and solid waste. 

At a meeting Tuesday night, city councilors considered several o​ptions, including hiking utility rates, raising the local sales tax, and poaching money from the general fund.

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As Election Day approaches, we’re checking in with voters around the state, asking what issues matter to them most — and who they’re supporting for president.

Yesterday we heard from Julie Tisdale, a Trump supporter in Anchorage.

 

Tonight we hear from Bill Briggs of St. Paul. Briggs is 60. He’s lived in St. Paul for 10 years, and manages the island’s seafood processing plant. And he is definitely not on the Trump train.

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The Unalaska City Council has certified last week's municipal election and confirmed all of the preliminary results.

City Clerk Cat Hazen took councilors through the election data at meeting Tuesday night. She said there was 35 percent voter turnout on Oct. 4.

"That's an excellent turnout for us," said Hazen. "Usually, our turnout is more like in the high teens or lower twenties."

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Unalaska voters have overturned the city's ban on commercial marijuana, but it'll likely be a long time before anyone on the island can sell pot legally.

After the City Council banned pot businesses in February, voters answered back last week by passing a referen​dum that repeals the ban. 

The measure was approved with 54 percent of the vote.

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In Unalaska, the highly contested races for mayor and City Council Seat C are headed to runoff elections. 

City officials made the announcement on Friday after canvassing 82 outstanding ballots.

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