The Alaska Boundary Commission will meet on Friday, Jan. 19 to hear an update on the petition of the Southeast city of Hoonah to create a new borough in Alaska.
The proposal would encompass Elfin Cove, and Funter Bay, where some residents don’t want to be involved with the proposed borough, which would be known as the Xunaa Borough.
Elfin Cove, population of maybe 20, is now in the Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, and is in what is called the Unorganized Borough, as is Game Creek, which is also included in the proposal, population 18. Hoonah has a population of about 937.
The extension of the proposed Xunaa Borough into the other tiny communities meets resistance in part due to the fact that the borough could tax the residents but not deliver services.
The City of Hoonah’s website dedicated to the new borough proposal can be found at this link.
The Local Boundary Commission’s meeting starts at 9 am in Room 106 of the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage. The meeting is also available toll free by calling (888)788-0099.
To join the meeting via Zoom, use the following link:
Meeting ID: 896 4034 0348
Meeting materials, including past minutes and agendas, are at this link.