KETCHIKAN (AP) The city of Ketchikan will charge cruise lines $2 more per passenger this season under a measure unanimously approved by the city council.
The council on Thursday increased the city's head tax from $4 to $6 for passengers on cruise ships tied up at the downtown dock and from $2 to $4 for those lightered into town from ships anchored in the Tongass Narrows.
An amendment proposed by council member George Lybrand to increase the fees to $8 and $6 was rejected 2-5 with council member Tom Coyne joining Lybrand in support of the amendment.
Lybrand said the city needs to increase the fees to get anything done on the planned port expansion project. Coyne said the city doesn't charge the cruise lines enough.
Mayor Bob Weinstein said the city has a good relationship with the cruise industry, which voiced no real objection to the recommended increase because that money will be used for repairs to the cruise ship dock.
A larger amount is not appropriate, he said, until the city begins its major expansion project, tentatively set to start in 2007.
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