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Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

Courtesy of Jim Paulin

The City of Unalaska is shelling out $9,000 to resolve its role in a years-long dispute over property values.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to reimburse appraiser Mike Renfro for some of the legal fees he incurred while suing the city last year.

The unanimous decision came after several councilors admitted they made a mistake in overturning his assessment of a lot in the Unalaska Valley.

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State prosecutors won't file charges against any of Unalaska's public officials, signaling the end of an unexplained months-long investigation into the City Council.

Assistant Attorney General John Darnall made the announcement Tuesday, after spending two months reviewing the case for the Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP).

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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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