Ketchikan borough may boost sales tax

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly wants to more than double the borough's sales tax, a move that would raise the tax in the city of Ketchikan to 8 percent.

The assembly voted 5-2 Monday to add a 2.5 percent ''education sales tax'' on top of the current borough sales tax of 2 percent rate. The sales tax in the city of Ketchikan is 3.5 percent, collected on top of the borough levy, bringing the total sales tax in Ketchikan to 5.5 percent currently.

Any sales tax increase would have to be approved by voters.

The complex sales tax proposal, which also includes exemption cards and property tax discounts, would boost borough tax revenue by nearly $3 million.

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