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Death, taxes, landslides

A Sitkan whose half-built house was scraped off by a landslide still owes property taxes on that mud-and-debris lot, according to Sitka city code.

Three people died in the landslide and insurance did not cover “moving ground.”

Christine McGraw’s land was valued by the city assessor at $110,000, even though code will not allow her to rebuild on it. Ms McGraw argues that the value of the land is zero, but the city Assembly says she has no proof, since she hasn’t tried to sell it. They reduced the property value to $52,000, saying the burden of proof for no value is on the petitioner.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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