Head tax backers file initiative petition with Elections Division

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Sponsors of an initiative that would implement a statewide head tax on cruise ship passengers visiting Alaska filed their petition last week with the state Division of Elections.

Although it originally called for a $75-a-person head tax, Juneau resident Joe Geldhoff said the group felt the initiative stood a better chance at $50 a head.

Sponsors also added a new provision that would require the ships to apply for state wastewater discharge permits.

Under the initiative, the state would claim a third of all on-board gambling proceeds.

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