Juneau loses boundary dispute to Petersburg

first_imgThe Petersburg Borough’s boundaries will stand as they are, now that Juneau has lost its last legal challenge on the matter.The Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision Friday, upholding a lower court’s decision and the state Local Boundary Commission’s 2012 decision to grant Petersburg a huge boundary expansion.It puts to bed a dispute over about 1,500 square miles of Southeast both boroughs laid claim to.The previously contested land is almost completely uninhabited national forest – an old estimate puts the population at one – but with the land goes potential federal receipts, some property and sales tax revenue, and local authority.“I don’t necessarily consider it a loss,” Amy Mead, the City & Borough of Juneau’s attorney, said. “We thought the law stood for something that needed clarification, and the court has now clarified.”The Supreme Court heard the case in June.last_img

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