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Is bed tax just the tip of the iceberg?

Posted: July 28, 2014 - 2:28pm  |  Updated: July 29, 2014 - 8:24am

Many years ago, when the tax cap of $500 on any sale in the Kenai Peninsula borough was eliminated on tourism packages, the borough experienced a huge increase in tax revenues. At the time, I was under the obviously false impression that the increased revenues would cover the budget of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, and then some. Apparently, those additional revenues have somehow been absorbed into our bloated government. There was much debate about bed tax vs. sales tax, the legal arguments, the numerous public meetings arguing pros and cons of the issue before an assembly that had already made up its mind.

The letter writer of “Resident opposed to bed tax,” July 21 on the Opinion Page, has done his research and makes some very valid points. His message should be paid very close attention to.

What will a 4 percent bed tax lead to next? Certainly someone is considering a tourism fuel tax, which would affect all of us. We should put parking meters everywhere just in the summer months, and of course hire a dozen or more police officers to deal with the increased crime due to parking meter expirations. Think of all that revenue we are missing out on! We should have I.D. checks on all retail purchases, everything, and if you can’t show a Alaska I.D., there would be a tourism tax of, say, 4 percent. I am sure this is the tip of the iceberg. So many of you must have more ideas to share with our assembly. The list really could be endless. I encourage everyone to address this assembly. Just think, if we get creative enough in ripping off the tourist, maybe the assembly will lower our property taxes.

On the other hand, perhaps tourists will by-pass the KPB.

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Suss 07/29/14 - 03:02 pm
Catch and release Tourist Pro

After many years promoting and fibbing to tourists that they too could catch the next world record King Salmon, Berg thinks he can fib his way around a bed tax.

We will all have a vote on the bed tax.

Not sure about the bed tax yet. Any more pleas like Berg's and I think I'll vote for the tax.

Wait and see how this issue develops without the hyperbole.

ptzsr1 07/29/14 - 07:31 pm
Good comment Rod

The bed tax is a pure tax and spend proposal, which many politicians love. However, this bed tax goes one step further:

Tax and pour down a rabbit hole.

Alice in Wonderland Revisited.

leewaytooo 07/30/14 - 02:02 am
fib? where?

really? just where is the "fib"

reads like sarcasm to me.

and a threat based on a lack of comprehension ?

you can do better.

try again and take your time and read for content. it is a bit subtle for some folks.

Suss 07/30/14 - 12:55 pm
False first sentence

"the borough experienced a huge increase in tax revenues"

Reading is so fundamental.

Nothing but b.s. and hyperbole.

Content follows context.

No threats, no need to feel paranoid.

Tax change was done previously to cure the "packaging" of lodging, guided trips, and multiple clients paying a single marginal tax.

There was no "huge tax increase"!

Tax scam was addressed to fix the cheat.

History is fun to those that read.

leewaytooo 07/30/14 - 03:32 pm
actually the percentage was

actually the percentage was huge the math.

as to total revenue ... who knows, do you?

"any more" sounds like a threat or is it a promise.. lol

and "cheat" ??

bet you never drive up to anchorage to buy what you

could here and avoid the taxes.

you sure do know how to recognize BS and hyperBS

Suss 07/30/14 - 05:54 pm

Percentage of what? What was "huge"?

The number of non-tax paying visitors?

The tax rate (percentage) never changed because of the change in the tax cap and the applying of the per person rate, now it was just applied fairly.

Those that did not pay the tax on lodging, guided trips because they were lumped in a package and not taxed as separate ticket items.

One check or credit card purchase for a party of 12 people, 5 days fishing and lodging.

One tax charge. ....$25.00

Nice packaging.

Going to shop in Anchorage has nothing to do with running a lodge, guide business here on the Peninsula.

Strange comparison.

If you feel threats, stay in your basement. Or invest in tinfoil, till you get over the fear.

You are not making much sense seeing threats where there are none.

leewaytooo 07/31/14 - 03:05 am
one 40 thousand dollar

one 40 thousand dollar car...........25 dollar tax

and that is fair?

you have an agenda regarding berg and it is apparent

that you will say/deflect ...whatever, in your emotional


first it was not and then it was a watershed.

your difficulty in "making the leap" is self serving.

as to the kenai, I would prefer that everyone had to

use oars, and reroute Soldotna's sewer to kenai vs

using the river.

try harder, you can do it...........maybe some day, sigh.

Suss 07/31/14 - 07:06 am
Tax Comparison

If 12 people came here to write one check for 12 cars to pay only $30.00 in tax, then that would be wrong.

The agenda was how the tax on guiding and lodging was changed and how it does not apply to the proposed tax.
This is Borough wide. Not as you suggest.

The real issue is the bed tax. Not Berg.

You do not speak for me. Nothing is directed at any one business.

As for the watershed, your limited knowledge of the areas affected are well noted. Find the maps, learn something.

There will be a meeting about the flooded areas on Tuesday at 6 p.m. At the Sports Center to discuss options.

leewaytooo 07/31/14 - 11:03 am
you can do so much better....

you can do so much better....

keep trying. or is it crying?

do away with the cap on sales tax..

the cap is a subsidy to local businesses...

to influence local buying..

still didn't answer my question regarding your

trips to anchorage to buy cheaper and avoid sales tax?

was it a watershed or is it not?

you are guessing, still.

option number one?? sell.... if you can.

no tax dollars for wetland homeowners

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