Voters reject sales tax increase and bond measure

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2001

SITKA (AP) -- Voters overwhelmingly rejected two tax issues tied to a proposed community and recreational center and said 'no' to regulating drivers who use cell phones.

A proposal to authorize the Sitka Assembly to issue $7 million in general obligation bonds to construct a multi-use community recreating center failed by 782 votes. There were 808 votes in favor of the plan and 1,590 votes against it.

A proposal to increase the city sales tax by 1 percent for 15 years to fund student activities and pay the recreation center bond also failed by similar numbers. There were 812 votes in favor and 1,598 votes against.

Critics cited the ambiguity of the proposals and questions about how to support student activities after the 15 years.

A nonbinding advisory question proposing a ban on cell phone use by drivers failed by a margin of 1,353 to 1,045.

''We have laws that cover reckless driving,'' said Assembly member Thor Christianson.

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