UNALASKA (AP) -- The state Local Boundary Commission approved Adak's incorporation as a state-recognized local government on Thursday, but with substantially reduced boundaries.
The Adak Community Council requested incorporation of the entire Aleutian island, 676 square miles of land and surrounding bays and other waters.
The boundary commission approved the incorporation of just 72 square miles of land and water around the former Navy base. By a 5-0 vote, the commission approved Adak's application for second class city status.
Final approval must come from voters in a local election. Commission staff member Gene Kane said approval is expected early next year.
The commission, meeting in Anchorage, also required that voters approve a 3 percent sales tax and a 2 percent fuel tax as conditions of incorporation.
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