Sitka rejects appeal of landslide-destroyed property value

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Sitka officials have voted to uphold the city assessor's figure on the taxable value of a home that was destroyed by a deadly landslide last summer.

    Posted Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 4:55am by Lance David

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Sitka officials have voted to uphold the city assessor's figure on the taxable value of a home that was destroyed by a deadly landslide last summer.

    The Sitka Sentinel reports that the Sitka Assembly's decision Monday to value Christine McGraw's property at $52,700 comes after she filed an appeal arguing that the property has zero value.

    City Assessor Wendy Lawrence had priced the land at less than the half what McGraw initially paid for the property. She says the assessment of McGraw's property was the same as other properties affected by the Aug. 18 landslide on Kramer Avenue.

    But McGraw had argued that the property has no value because it's in a high risk landslide area and the city won't allow a structure to be rebuilt there.

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