Sitka will have to close one of its five boat harbors if a state matching-grant program is eliminated.
The 10-year-old program funds half the cost of local harbor replacement or repair.
Sitka Municipal Administrator Mark Gorman says it’s among state programs that could be reduced or eliminated as the Legislature looks for ways to balance the budget.
“If that goes away, we’re going to have some very serious challenges maintaining our current infrastructure,” Gorman says. “In fact, we may have to drop one of our harbors in the next decade if we don’t have support from the state.”
The harbor issue came up during discussion of Sitka’s municipal priorities for the Legislature, which resumes meeting in January.