1st Class City
in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (sell doav' ee uh)
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Fisheries Participation and Earnings
Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
- Senate District
- House District
- Judicial District
- Recording District
Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewer, Harbor/Dock/Boat Haul-out, Police, Volunteer Fire/EMS, Health Clinic, Library, Community Hall, Roads, RV Park, Storage Yards.
Geography and Climate
- Seldovia is on the Kenai Peninsula on the south shore of Kachemak Bay, a 15-minute flight across from Homer. Flight time to Anchorage is 45 minutes.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
- Winter temperatures in Seldovia average from 12 to 21 °F; summers range from 48 to 65 °F. Annual precipitation averages 34.5 inches.
History and Culture
- Native residents are mixed Dena'ina Indian and Aleut and Sugpiaq Eskimo (also known as Alutiiq). The name Seldovia is derived from "Seldevoy," a Russian word meaning "herring bay." Between 1869 and 1882, a trading post was located in Seldovia. A post office was established in 1898. The village developed around commercial fishing and fish processing. The City of Seldovia was incorporated in 1945.
- Seldovia is an Alutiiq village. Commercial fishing and subsistence are an integral part of the local culture.
- Indigenous Language
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Seldovia Village Tribe
- Incorporation Type
- 1st Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- May be permitted to exercise the powers in accordance with AS 29.40.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 30 mills, except where a higher levy is necessary to avoid default on debt. Voter approval is not required under State law; however, stricter limitations can be imposed at the local level.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes, but voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 6 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected at large for a 3-year term, unless a different term not to exceed 4 years is provided by ordinance.
- Vote by Mayor
- May vote to break a tie vote on the city council.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Has veto power, except veto is not permitted of ordinance prohibiting posession of alcohol.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted by statute.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- Voters may adopt home-rule charter.
- A state-owned gravel airstrip and a seaplane base are available. Direct flights are provided to Homer. The state ferry system connects to Homer, where the Sterling Highway provides road access. Water taxis from Homer also service the community. A harbor, boat wash down, and boat haul-out facility are available.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection