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By Olivia Rose
Pilot writer 

Beyond the limits of Service Area One


February 29, 2024

Petersburg became the 19th organized borough in Alaska on Jan. 3, 2013 after the town’s borough vote was certified.

In the early 2000s, the City of Petersburg tried to annex all of Mitkof Island after receiving public pushback on forming a borough. This caused an upset outside of city limits for residents who did not want to pay the same taxes as residents inside the city limits. Eventually, after years of mediation and piles of paperwork, a compromise was made and the Petersburg Borough, which encompasses 3,829 square miles of land and water in Southeast, was formed.

When the City of Petersbu...

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