Soldotna OKs funds to fight tax exemption

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002

SOLDOTNA (AP) -- The Soldotna City Council has voted to spend $10,000 to fight a proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items, and to coordinate with the city's Chamber of Commerce on the ''education'' effort, with the chamber planning to kick in a like amount.

The council's unanimous vote Wednesday will allow the city to begin a public relations campaign designed to oppose the tax exemption.

According to city manager Tom Boedeker, Soldotna stands to lose nearly $1 million a year if voters go along with the ballot initiative.

Council member Sharon Moock said it was tragic for the city to face such a big revenue drop as a result of a boroughwide initiative.

''This initiative will allow people throughout the borough to vote on what happens in the city limits,'' Moock said.

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