Results are in from last night’s election on Proposition One.
City of Ketchikan voters approved the proposition by a wide margin, allowing the city to issue up to $5 million in bonds for harbor improvements.
Voter turnout was low: only 7 percent of registered voters showed up to vote. That means fewer than 350 people turned out to vote on Election Day, with 247 voting yes and nearly 99 voting no.
The city has used up its deferred-maintenance funds — part of the transfer agreement when the city accepted the formerly state-owned harbors — to finish three phases of a four-phase improvement project. About $10 million worth of projects remains.
The city will use the bonds to get at least half of the projects paid for, through a state 50-50 matching grant program.
Projects in the bond package include an expanded boat launch and two floats in Bar Harbor. There’s also a complete overhaul at Hole in the Wall, and new ADA-accessible ramps at each harbor.