Info session details consolidation process

Eileen Raese with the Local Boundary Commission speaks at the Kodiak Public Library. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT)

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A state representative went over the process of consolidation at a public forum last night.

Local government specialist Eileen Raese presented to a group of more than 30 people at the library. She flew in at the request of the City of Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Borough, and she works with the state’s Local Boundary Commission, which reviews and approves changes to municipal government.

She went over several different ways to combine government bodies under state guidance.

A merger is when one municipality absorbs another. That differs from consolidation, which involves multiple municipalities forming an entirely new entity instead of one taking over another.

As Raese outlined in a PowerPoint, both processes involve filing an application with the Local Boundary Commision and then conducting a public review. After that, commission staff does a further analysis and holds another public review before the community can take action.

Raese said it could take at least a year to put together an acceptable application.

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