City manager floats ideas for Juneau head tax

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A visitors center, expanded bus service and a tourism ambassador on the waterfront are among suggestions prepared by the city manager for spending the capital's new cruise ship passenger tax.

The $5 per person tax is expected to generate $3 million annually.

The list contains $5.8 million in projects. A committee made up of a cruise industry representative, two from the city Docks and Harbors Board and two from the public reviewed the list.

Committee members returned the list substantially unaltered but attached their own comments, expressing a variety of views.

''It's what you'd expect from such a diverse membership,'' Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce told the Juneau Empire.

City Manager Dave Palmer proposed 22 projects.

Palmer proposed building a visitor center with shops and restrooms that would house the Juneau Convention and Visitor's Bureau visitor staff and information center. The project would cost $1.25 million through fiscal year 2002.

Palmer proposed $200,000 annually for seasonal expansion of Capital Transit from so that city buses could operate every 30 minutes from May through September.

Palmer recommended $100,000 for a noise study and another $100,000 for a consultant to mediate between flightseeing operators and critics of aircraft noise.

He recommended $125,000 for reconstruction of downtown sidewalks, streets and stairways.

Palmer also recommended building a new hiking trail for commercial use, hiring a trail monitor to keep an eye on commercial operators, and hiring an administrative assistant to support the city manager's tourism coordinator.

The list will be considered by the Juneau Assembly at a work session Monday.

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