Recount: Cordova voters reject cruise ship head tax by one vote

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2001

CORDOVA (AP) -- Voters here have defeated a proposed $5-per-passenger fee on cruise ships -- by one vote.

The city held its second recount of the March 6 vote Wednesday night. The outcome showed 324 votes against the head tax, and 323 in favor, City Clerk Dixie Lambert said.

When voters first went the polls ,the initiative passed by one vote. But the vote flipped to 324 against to 323 in favor after a group of citizens demanded a recount.

Ironically, none of the large cruise ships making port calls around Southeast Alaska each summer with their 640,000 passengers stops at Cordova.

The Prince William Sound community lacks a deep-water port.

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