Ketchikan consolidation vote losing

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A proposed consolidation of the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough governments appears headed for defeat.

Ballots from the mail-in election have continued to arrive at the state Division of Elections. The deadline to vote was July 17.

By Friday's count, 3,886 ballots had been received, with 2,255 people -- or 58 percent -- voting against consolidation while 1,631 people voted yes.

Borough residents living outside of city limits were overwhelmingly against consolidation, with 79 percent voting no thus far. In-city voters were supporting the consolidation effort by a wide margin, with 66 percent voting yes compared with 630 no votes.

The state's final count will be announced Friday.

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