Second Cordova cruise tax recount on hold

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2001

CORDOVA (AP) -- Cordova residents will have to wait to find out whether voters approved a $5-per-passenger cruise-ship tax in a recent election.

The city clerk canceled a second recount slated for Wednesday, citing a need for legal advice from the city attorney, who was out of town.

Dixie Lambert called for a City Council meeting Tuesday to decide whether to hold a new recount or certify the results of a March 15 recount, which tallied 324 votes for to 323 votes against the head tax.

The original count from the March 6 election showed a 324-to-323 vote favoring the tax.

Earlier this week, Lambert said a second recount was necessary because a valid absentee ballot was discovered that had not been counted.

But in a memo to the mayor and council Wednesday, Lambert said Cordova's election law doesn't address situations where elections officials discover errors after certification of the results, and that she ''would be creating a bigger problem by having a re-count without taking it to the council for consideration.''

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